Sergio Perez, Sauber, Monza, 2012

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’”

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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):

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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

  7. 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..!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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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