Sergio Perez feels his Force India is quick enough to challenge for its first podium of the season in the Belgian Grand Prix after landing a row two start at Spa-Francorchamps.
Around a circuit that has favoured the Force India team in the past, Perez came good on predictions that the VJM08 would also prove quick once more, easing into Q3 before setting the fifth fastest time of the session.
With Romain Grosjean ahead being given a penalty, Perez will get away from fourth position, marking his best grid slot since the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix when he last stood on the F1 podium.
Indeed, given the car's particularly impressive figures through the speed traps, the Mexican feels he has a car capable of taking on Williams in the fight for the top three from the start.
“That was a pretty good qualifying, not just the lap in Q3, it was everything. I am looking forward to tomorrow, I think we have reason to aim for the podium - I think we can fight the Williams.
“It is going to be a bit of a messy start tomorrow, but I am confident we can do a good job and I am really looking forward to tomorrow. Having a good run through Eau Rouge and putting the pressure on the Williams will help. Here it is easy to overtake so you have to have strong race pace.”
With team-mate Nico Hulkenberg attracting much of the headlines since the B-spec VJM08 was launched, Perez feels this weekend has seen him turn a corner in getting comfortable in the car.
“I have been quite confident with the car this weekend, the changes we made have definitely helped. It has been difficult the last three or four races since we brought the new car, I have struggled to dial into the car so this weekend I feel we have made a good step forward.”