Perez feels that 'next big thing' Ocon stole his thunder

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Sergio Perez believes his results last season were not properly appreciated, especially in light of the interest generated by his Force India team mate Esteban Ocon.

Perez concluded his 2018 campaign eighth in the Drivers' standings, which was four spots and 13 points ahead of Ocon, while he also scored his team's only podium of the year, a feat achieved in Baku.

A consistent and solid performer, the Mexican thinks a bit of over-familiarity has led F1's observers to take his results for granted while the much-talked-about Ocon - who will be sitting out the 2019 season - has often been placed on a pedestal

"It’s like people just get used to me," Perez told

"When I was new here, everyone was talking about me and I was the next big thing, as Esteban is right now.

"In 2017 I was best of the rest, I've been beating all my teammates I've had. So results in the end talk more than what people say.”

Last year's inner team battle between the two Force India/Racing Point drivers saw Ocon outqualify Perez 16-5, but the latter had the upper hand on Sundays.

The Mexican explained why his team mate was faster on Saturday afternoons.

Esteban Ocon (FRA) Racing Point Force India F1 VJM11 leads team mate Sergio Perez (MEX) Racing Point Force India F1 VJM11.

"He was the better one in qualifying, although the margin was extremely small," said Perez.

"It is less than a tenth between us in qualifying. And I was the better one in the races. I got the most points and also the best results.

"I didn't feel very confident last year with the car to be honest," he added.

"I did struggle quite a lot throughout the year to balance the car, but I did manage to get the most out of it in the race.

"That’s to take nothing away from him. I didn't get on with it and he did better in qualifying. That’s it. It is up to me and to my team to get the best out of the car."

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