Sergio Perez says he hopes to return to the top ten next weekend when F1 heads under lights for the Singapore Grand Prix.
The McLaren man missed out on a points scoring finish last time out at Monza to leave him down in twelfth place in the standings, having picked up just twelve points so far since switching from Sauber over the winter.
The Mexican has a solid record on the Singapore streets in the past and will now seek to make a push towards the top ten again although he conceded that the development race – alongside the fact that some teams have already turned focus to 2014 – was making it increasingly difficult to finish inside the points scoring positions.
“I've finished in the points in my two previous visits to Singapore, so, after the disappointment of just failing to get home in the top ten at Monza, a points finish next weekend will clearly be my aim,” he said.
“Obviously, the fight at the sharp end of the championship means that the top three or four teams are still pushing hard to develop their current cars, whereas some of the others are looking more towards 2014. That means that it's getting slightly harder to score good points in the remaining races. However, we've still got developments coming through – most with an eye to next year – and I hope that we can maximise our package for one of the toughest races of the year.”
Team boss Martin Whitmarsh admitted that he was keen to try and see both drivers score in an event he already sees as one of the main events on the calendar.
“It was around ten years ago that the idea of a Formula 1 night race was first floated,” he said. “At the time, I remember thinking it was an incredibly imaginative and ambitious idea, but, given the scope and scale of such an endeavour, I also thought it an unlikely possibility.
“However, the organisers of the Singapore Grand Prix have shown huge determination and ambition to bring the idea to fruition, and, as we approach the sixth edition of the race, I think everybody in Formula 1 now regards the event as one of the cornerstones of the grand prix calendar. Indeed, it's one of the miracles of televised sport.
“Our focus next weekend will be to continue refining and improving the MP4-28. After a run of fast low-downforce circuits, this will be an opportunity for us to measure our car's performance on a significantly different kind of track. As ever, to achieve points finishes with both cars is our priority.”