McLaren driver Sergio Perez feels his first half with the British team has only been a 'six or seven out of ten'.
The Mexican who moved to the Silver Arrows this season, after a very impressive season with Sauber, has struggled on track as the team's design changes for the season backfired, but hopes to improve in the second half.
He has thus far, scored only 18 points in the championship, with his best being a 6th place in Bahrain. He is however, confident that the team would improve for the remaining nine races and have a better standing.
"I have only done ten races with McLaren and we've had a very difficult couple of races so far, so I think the next ten races will be much better ones," he said.
"If I had to put a number [out of ten] on myself I would say six or seven because there is good room to improve together with the team."
He further added: "It's been an extremely tough year, my first season with McLaren. It has been extremely difficult to get, first of all, to know the car.
"Since the first time I drove the car in Jerez to now it has changed completely and every weekend we are doing steps and on Friday we are trying new thing so that every Saturday we start with a new car.
"I think in general all of my understanding with the team has grown a lot since the start of the season. We are getting very strong, my group of engineers and me, and I think we have a lot of room to improve."
The situation might be improving for the team though, after both drivers showed decent pace in the last two races of Hungary and Germany, and finished in the points.
The 'Mexican Wunderkind', as he is popularly called, has had to adapt a lot in his first year with a major F1 Team. Besides his car troubles, Perez has been involved in a lot of track tension, most notably with his team-mate Jenson Button in Bahrain.
This has furthered the competition between the drivers, something similar to the Hamilton-Alonso partnership in 2007. Perez was also the culprit when he collided with Kimi Raikkonen in Monaco, causing a puncture for the Finn, and himself having to retire a lap later.
After the incident, the Finn was quoted as saying that Perez deserves 'to be punched in the face'.
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