Despite a challenging season so far, Sergio Perez says he is pleased by the progress he has made at McLaren this year.

The Mexican joined the former championship winners over the winter from Sauber but has managed just 18 points so far this season, with only one top six finish to his name from the opening ten races of the campaign.

McLaren's issues with its 2013 car haven't allowed Perez to show the reasons why the Woking-based team signed him to replace Lewis Hamilton, but the youngster insisted that things are now looking up.

"It has been difficult to get to know the car," he was quoted by GPUpdate. "From the first time I drove it in Jerez to now it has changed completely. Every weekend we make steps on a Friday, trying a lot of things, so then on a Saturday we are starting with a completely new car.

"But my understanding of the team has grown a lot since the start of the season. Right now I'm in a good position to maximise the full potential of the car, exploring it and its limits more, trying to get the most out of every single detail."

Perez did concede however that there was still a long way to go for McLaren to take itself back to the level it is used to competing at.

"We have made a good step; we are getting very strong and with my group of engineers I'm getting very strong, but with a lot of room to improve," he said. "I've only had ten races with McLaren which have been difficult, so hopefully the next few races we have are much better."

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