Force India's Sergio Perez says he is now “ready for anything”, but concedes his chance with McLaren back in 2013 probably did come too early.
Perez made his debut in Formula 1 in 2011 with Sauber and in his second season with the Swiss squad impressed with second places in Malaysia and Italy – as well as a third in Canada. That helped secure him the McLaren seat vacated by Lewis Hamilton for 2013, but it was a difficult season, and while he held his own against team-mate, Jenson Button, he was dropped in favour of rookie Kevin Magnussen for 2014.
Perez recently said the time spent at McLaren wasn't all bad, as it helped take him forward as a driver
, nevertheless he has reiterated that the timing of his move to Woking wasn't ideal, given the team's drop-off and also where he was at in his own career.
“It came early in the way the team was facing a lot of political issues inside the team,” he replied, when asked if the McLaren opportunity was premature.
“In terms of racing, I was very immature and not ready to cope with such a difficult car and such a difficult team.”
“In that respect it came early, but if I'm sure if I had a car capable of winning I could have had a big opportunity to win races and challenge for a title,” he added. “I am a lot more mature now and more experienced so right now I am ready for anything.”
Perez, who moved to Force India in 2014 after being dumped by McLaren, will remain with the Silverstone team for a third year in 2016.