Sergio Perez says he is preparing himself for a 'difficult weekend' following the first day of competition for the British Grand Prix, with both himself and Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg well off the pace at Silverstone.
Though the British Grand Prix is considered a 'home' race for the Silverstone-based Force India outfit, which is currently placed fourth in the constructors' standings having scored in every race so far this year, Perez admits he always expected the circuit to pose problems for his VJM07.
However, after ending FP2 in 16th place – one position ahead of Hulkenberg – the Mexican driver concedes the start to the weekend has been tougher than expected, to the point that a mere top ten finish would represent a 'great' result.
“It has been a tough day,” he said. “We expected Silverstone to be a difficult one for us, but it has been more difficult than expected and not good enough. We are having big issues with the car, big inconsistency, so there is a lot of work ahead to try and solve it.
“A lack of downforce and the wind is affecting us quite a bit. You need a lot of efficiency on your car around this place and we don't have that at the moment. I expect a difficult weekend, so a few points out of here will be a great weekend for us. Hopefully tomorrow we can get closer in qualifying.
Indeed, though Perez has impressed with eye-catching drives from tricky starting positions in 2014, he doesn't expect to see a similar scenario play out this weekend.
“To do an alternative strategy you need pace and at the moment we don't have pace. As a team, we need to maximise the result - that is our target.”