Perez predicts final phase of season to be tougher 16 September, 2013 Sergio Perez McLaren driver Sergio Perez has admitted that getting good results will be tougher for him as the 2013 season enters its final phase. The second most successful team in F1, has had a disappointing championship campaign with the uncompetitive MP4-28. According to McLaren newcomer, Mexican Perez, the prospect of a breakthrough 2013 podium will dwindle even more as the season enters its final, ‘flyaway’ phase. McLaren is just fifth in the constructors’ championship; narrowly ahead of Force India but a massive 125 points behind Lotus. “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,” said Perez. “That means that it’s getting slightly harder to score good points in the remaining races.” He revealed that “most” of the forthcoming developments for the MP4-28 will be “with an eye to next year”. (GMM.) Subbed by AJN.