2013 F1 season
Sergio Perez says McLaren need to learn more about their new car before the season starts.
“Definitely we would like to go into Melbourne with much more information than we have at the moment,” he told media in Barcelona following today’s test.
“We have a couple of difficult days with a bit of problems with getting the information from the car. But in the end, as I say, it’s important we maximise our chances.
“I’m sure everybody around the paddock had some problems, everybody would like to arrive in Melbourne a bit better prepared, but in the end you have to maximise your chances.
“Like today, we had a very bad day, and we still managed to take the most out of it.”
Conditions at the track were wet for most of today’s test but are forecast to be dry when Perez has his last pre-season test on Saturday:
“If we don’t get a dry day before Melbourne it will be so difficult to judge where the grid is,” he said. “At the moment we don’t know.”
“We know we are quick but we don’t know how quick. I think everybody depends on their updates as well, how big their update is and how much advantage you can take from set-up and updates and driving. So we will see in Melbourne.”
Perez added he has two priorities for his final test in the car: “The last day I would really like to learn about the updates. We have some updates on the car.”
“About the set-up, get comfortable with the set-up because last day when I was here I was not comfortable with the set-up I have.
“We’ve done some changes and obviously I would like to try them before Melbourne. But if I don’t get the opportunity to try them then we’ll have to look forward into Melbourne and there’s nothing else we can do.”
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