Perez: ‘My target is to win the championship in 2013′

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Sergio Perez, Sauber, Monza, 2012In the round-up: Sergio Perez his target for his first season with McLaren is to win the world championship.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

I’ll do what Lew couldn’t: Perez thinks he can win championship in his first season (Daily Mail)

“My target is to win the championship already next year. That takes a lot of work during the season, so it’s very important to start my preparation really well with them and try to reach their targets.”

Mein Name ist Bernie, ich wei?? von nichts (Kleine Zeitung, German)

Bernie Ecclestone tells Austria’s Kleine Zeitung a race at the Red Bull Ring is not likely to happen, and suggests if Turkey does not hold a race the 2013 F1 calendar will be 19 races long.

Vettel: Titles add extra pressure (Autosport)

“It’s not our decision or in our hands when other people try literally everything to beat us. There might just be a little bit of a rumour; other things might get said; and other things might happen eye to eye without any words, without you having to mention anything.”

State comptroller authorizes $29.3 million for Formula One (Austin-American Statesman)

“State comptroller Susan Combs has approved payment of $29.3 million [??18.1m] from the state Major Events Trust Fund to organizers of November?s Formula One race, slightly less than what a group affiliated with Circuit of the Americas had requested in July.”


Comment of the day

Where do HRT rate among F1’s least successful teams? Some thoughts from @Red-Andy:

It?s difficult to compare eras because so many things were different. Minardi?s best finish in twenty years of racing in F1 was fourth place, which they managed three times.

But most of their good results were due to attrition; e.g. their last fourth place was the 1993 South African Grand Prix, where Christian Fittipaldi finished fourth out of seven classified finishers (two of whom weren?t running when the chequered flag fell). Nowadays it?s unthinkable that you would get only seven cars finishing a Grand Prix.

Also, in that race Fittipaldi qualified 3.5 seconds off the leader?s pace, which isn?t far away from what HRT were managing this season ?ǣ and not at all bad compared to the efforts of some of the teams floating around in the early to mid-nineties.

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103 comments on Perez: ‘My target is to win the championship in 2013′

  1. TimmyA (@timmya) said on 13th December 2012, 4:15

    wow getting a little full of him self is he. McLaren should of hired hulkenburg instead by the sounds of this guy he is turning into a new maldarnado

    • Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 13th December 2012, 4:20

      Let’s see him use his car as a weapon a few times before we jump to that conclusion.

      • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 13th December 2012, 6:59

        Should’ve hired Hulkenberg? Sigh, I hear this over and over again. But why? Perez, despite being 3 years younger has already accomplished more than Hulk has in his relatively short career.

        • vickyy (@vickyy) said on 13th December 2012, 8:52

          @kingshark, with all due respect but comparing ages to compare driver’s achievement is absurd, specially when we know Hulk has equal experience with one year off and Perez in a car which was miles ahead in terms of pace and ease on tyres.

        • Armchair Expert (@armchairexpert) said on 13th December 2012, 11:14

          I think it’s because Hulk is more mature than Checo. If McLaren can inject more maturity into Perez then I think he will deliver what Hulk would deliver. But at this moment it’s all speculations and opinions, only few races into 2013 we will know who was right and who was wrong.

        • JP (@jp1987) said on 13th December 2012, 16:02

          I guess some of you have noticed that I am probably the biggest Perez fan around here. Burt before I liked him, I liked Formula 1. With that in mind, as of right now, I believe The Hulk is the better driver of them both. That being said, I also believe that Perez can improve a lot and also that the old “podiums due to strategy” line is a bit, in my honest opinion, unfair.

        • Hulkenberg won GP2 in his maiden season while Perez couldn’t beat Maldonado at the championship even after Maldonado retired the remaining races.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th December 2012, 0:48

            Let’s not overlook the fact Maldonado was in his fourth year of the category and Perez his second.

            When Maldonado was in his third year of GP2 he was beaten by his title-winning rookie team mate… Hulkenberg.

          • And?. He still couldn’t.

            Also, I will always be suspicious of Maldonado’s drop in performance happening right at the same time Hulkenberg stepped up. I remember him being billed as the next Schumacher by quite a few people.

            And I’m amused by your dislike for Pastor.

    • JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III said on 13th December 2012, 7:47

      Agree with you i do, to the dark side he shall fall

      • JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III said on 13th December 2012, 7:48

        sorry i don’t really i just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to yoda speak.

  2. Fisha695 (@fisha695) said on 13th December 2012, 4:41

    Shouldn’t winning the championship every year be every drivers target?

    • Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 13th December 2012, 7:41

      @fisha695 u took the words out of my mouth….whether u are in a HRT or Ferrari, u should aim for a WC every year

    • JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 13th December 2012, 10:58

      It’s just the same as saying drivers should try to win every race. That doesn’t mean that any driver actually expects to manage to win every race in the season, but you turn up on Friday and put all of your effort into trying to win the race – it’s what all drivers of top cars should do. The WCC is simply the result of 20 races added together.

      But further back it’s not quite the same, there’s not point in Caterham, for example, focussing effort on winning the race but they should focus on winning their race, which is the race with the cars around and in front of them (for example there’s not point in Pic analysing Vettel’s lap times, speed trap results and long runs – that would not be a productive use of his time!).

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th December 2012, 15:57

      It should for all that can have some halfway realistic chance of having a car that is good enough. I am sure Alonso, Vettel, Button do, and Webber might have that goal set for himself as well, and maybe Rosberg too. We know Maldonado was thinking about such things when he won his first race. And I would be surprised if Hamilton, somewhere deep down, fancies having a go at it despite not expecting the car to be the benchmark next year.

  3. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 13th December 2012, 8:01

    From the comments above it seems there are quite a few people skeptical about Perez’s chances, mostly on the basis of a slightly scrappy end to the season. However, I don’t see why this should be a problem for next season, especially if with a fast car he should start with fewer people in front of him. Instead, I think his, as well as Button’s, biggest challenge will be to get the most out of the car on a consistent basis. Last year, both drivers struggled to get the best out of their machinery in qualifying, and that cost them in the races; Perez by running into other people, and Button by getting stuck in traffic. However, if the car is good then, then both drivers will start the season as championship contenders, and I don’t rate Perez’s chances any lower than Button’s.

    On Formula 1 in Austria, Bernie says he hasn’t talked to anyone about it – which is quite a statement – but he also says “Well, the hotel situation is a near catastrophe. What would you say then? Is Austria prepared for Formula 1?” I guess Bernie isn’t too keen on camping anymore ;-)

    • JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 13th December 2012, 20:07

      I wouldn’t be too worried about Button’s qualifying. It hasn’t been fantastic lately, but when the car suits him, he can pull out the lap. Think back to ’09, when he had consecutive pole positions, and even as recent as Spa, when he was dominant in qualifying (And then the race). If he can qualify near the front, then he can have very good races.

  4. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 13th December 2012, 8:04

    Although it’s good to target the summit and even more so when you are with a top team like McLaren but being realistic is just as important. By publicly stating his intentions, Sergio is putting more pressure on himself to be scrutinized and critisized by the media and the fans. If in case, he was asked a question like that, he can always dodge them and that’s what drivers have to do in a heavily PR favouring team like McLaren.

    • MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 13th December 2012, 9:23

      Arrrrgh I get so sick of hearing stuff like this. Do you really think that he was sat there on his sofa one day and was just like “Mum! Get me the phone! I’ve just decided I’m going to be world champion next year, and I want to tell the world’s media right now!”

      No, what happens is that he’ll be being interviewed, because that’s what F1 drivers tend to do when they’re not driving race cars. The journalist will ask something like “You’ll be the new guy in McLaren next year. They’ve got a good car, do you think you can win the championship?” and he’ll have given the most logical answer that, of course, winning the championship is his goal (as it is for every driver on the grid, and especially those driving for McLaren, and doubly especially in a year when there’s every reason to think that their car will be the class of the field), but then goes on to say that it’s a hard task and that it’ll take a lot of preparation over the winter. So what’s he saying here really? That he’s going to put in a lot of work to make sure he can maximise his potential in 2013. And being a McLaren driver, his goal is to win the championship. That’s the standard expected of every driver who puts on the McLaren overalls. Frankly I’d be worried if he wasn’t aiming that high, and I’d question whether he was right for a McLaren seat if he didn’t believe he was capable of winning.

      Regardless what he says, he’ll be in for media scrutiny, just like Kovalainen was when he was drafted in to replace Alonso at the last minute.

  5. OOliver said on 13th December 2012, 9:07

    Perez didn’t win the championship in his first season, just like Hamilton. Moving to Mclaren in your 3rd year doesn’t automatically make you a rookie.

  6. davros said on 13th December 2012, 9:54

    Considering the car he’ll have next year, there would be something wrong if Perez wasn’t aiming for the championship next year.

  7. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 13th December 2012, 10:12

    All in all, I think next year will be Button’s big opportunity to be a two-time WDC. As the link said, chances McLaren will built the new car around him – his statement was full of optimism and even some distinct flavour of threats to the opposition. Also, both Red Bull and Ferrari developed the 2012 models right until the very end – Newey admitted it, but Ferrari must have been affected more given their already worse foundations. In contrast, McLaren was out of the title hunt earlier, meaning that every development on the 2012 car could have been entirely focused on improving the 2013 performance and not on gaining places in 2012. Car and driver has major factors in their favour. Perhaps the main thing which could hinder Button’s progress performance-wise will be Newey’s other statement: that there is simply not much to develop on the cars in the framework of the current rules. I think this is especially true for the very sharp end of the grid, namely McLaren and Red Bull. Even so, McLaren was practically the quickest car out there for the majority of the season this year. All they have to do is to eliminate reliability issues and work on pit stop speed consistency.

  8. alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 13th December 2012, 10:21

    If anyone has doubts about Perez being able to win a title in his first year at McLaren, remember that Senna won against Prost in 1988 (when the McLaren won 15 out of 16 races) and Hamilton was so close in 2007, tied with Alonso and 1 point behind Raikkonen at the end. All he has to do now is get the speed and consistency! Also he has had some brilliant moments lower down, including the British F3 in 2008 (at Monza):

  9. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th December 2012, 10:40

    I’m hearing reports Lotus and Force India will finalise their 2013 driver line-ups today: Grosjean to stay with Lotus, and Bianchi to partner di Resta at Force India.

    Vitaly Petrov and Giedo van der Garde are apparently still wrestling over the Caterham seat.

  10. Shrieker (@shrieker) said on 13th December 2012, 12:48

    Hamilton will beat Perez next season in the points standings. It’s hardly surprising though.

  11. Big words!!! In a Mclaren it could be possible (trying to repeat the feat Lewis did in his rookie year back in 2007), but I still think it’s more words than facts. Let’s see if his talent can be polished by Mclaren and give headaches to Jenson

  12. Well, i think there is rivalry already on the horizon between the two. Button saying he will leading the team in 2013 as the lead driver, while Perez is saying he will go for winning the championship in his first year. So, I can clearly see there will lot tension between the two. Martin Whitmarsh will have his hands full..!!

  13. wheresF1gone said on 13th December 2012, 19:21

    New sighing says my goal is to win the championship………..well derr, what else is He gonna say.

    On a side note is there layout etc changes to the site or is my comp going wacky again.

  14. Nickpkr said on 13th December 2012, 23:39

    I think Perez can hardly do worst than Hamilton did this year,
    Fourth or fifth won’t be hard at all, 2 or 3 wins will do it. He never took Ferrari number 2 seat, why he will take it at Mclaren ? Button will be having the rough edge as Hamilton is not there to help him get excused to underperform. Next year Sauber and perhaps Williams will be in the podiums again, is going to be as tight or more as it did this year.

  15. Given the amount of money HRT had they were not that bad. I’ve met team members eating sandwiches on the street, they travel in normal passengers class and sleep in two star hotels – absolutely normal people.

    Perhaps an article about drivers’ mentality would be interesting for the people – how some drivers come, smile to the media and sit in the car to start driving for the pole, while the rest are thinking – on which turn exactly the differential will fail and will I get money for the next season?

    There’s a stark difference in F1 teams and the way they work – both on and off the track.

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