McLaren driver Sergio Perez says the team must not risk another bad year in 2014 by trying to fix the issues the team is suffering this season.
The 23-year-old Mexican replaced Lewis Hamilton at McLaren for 2013, and despite ending 2012 with the fastest car on the grid, the team has struggled to get out of the midfield with it's radical MP4-28 this season.
Despite suggestions it would be better for McLaren to ditch this year and switch focus to the all new rules coming for 2014, the marque British team insist it is beneficial to try and solve the problems with it's 2013 car.
When asked how far McLaren were from winning a race this year, Perez replied: "I think far away.
"We need to make major improvements; breakthroughs. We are currently one second per lap slower," he is quoted by Brazil's Totalrace.
"You don't win races when you're a second slower than everyone else."
Perez also believes it may soon be time to switch focus to next year in order to avoid the same issues when the new rules come into effect.
"We have to give our best for the next couple of months, but at some point we'll have to focus on the 2014 car," he said.
"We can't risk losing another year."
Despite not meeting the high expectations of his first year at McLaren, Perez does insist this year has not been a totally wasted year.
"I think I'm happy," he said, "because I've learned a lot, and grown a lot as a driver.
"Even though I have half the points that I had last year, I'm in a better position as a driver.
"When I came here with such a different car I realised that, compared to Jenson Button, I was not good enough," he is quoted by EFE news agency.
"So I had to learn about that and work at it. Now I'm driving very differently to how I was at Sauber."
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