Force India driver Sergio Pérez has laid down a challenge for next season by targeting fourth place.

The Mexican had a strong finish to the season and was a regular points scorer but the team face a tough task to maintain that form over a season.

Aston Martin, who were close to buying a stake in the team, are no longer interested and the team have a fraction of rivals Red Bull’s budget.

"Finishing off the season the way we did provides us with a much stronger platform for next year,” said Perez.

"We're expecting other teams to move up. You don't know what will happen with Lotus/Renault, McLaren-Honda, those kind of teams, but we expect them to be up there fighting us.

"There is a lot of hope we can do better than fifth next season.

"I understand to move up to fourth is a big ask, but we have to be aiming for Red Bull and Williams.

"But I believe in the team and believe it can be a fantastic season next year."

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