Sergio Perez says he’s working harder than ever before as he prepares to make his first start as a McLaren driver in next week’s Australian Grand Prix.
“Arriving in Melbourne as a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver will be an incredible honour,” said Perez. “I’ve never worked harder over a winter to be ready for the new season, and I’m confident I’ve done everything within my reach to be ready.”
Perez added the team still has work to do to get the most out of the MP4-28: “On top of all my acclimatisation, our winter has been extremely busy.”
“There?ů‘ťľ‘šůs always a lot of work to do when you make significant changes to the car, and having only 12 days to iron out every single issue is never easy. However, we?ů‘ťľ‘šůve had a productive three weeks of testing and we?ů‘ťľ‘šůre using every available opportunity to further refine the car before Melbourne.”
Team mate Jenson Button said it was hard to draw any firm conclusions from pre-season testing: “This year, I don?ů‘ťľ‘šůt think any team really knows or understands the competitive order.”
“It?ů‘ťľ‘šůs been an extremely hard-to-read winter: varying fuel-loads and levels of tyre degradation mean that it’s hard to accurately predict who’ll arrive in Australia with the best-sorted car. But that?ů‘ťľ‘šůs part of the game.”
“One of the most fascinating things about Formula One is the way it resets itself each and every winter,” he added.
“I?ů‘ťľ‘šůve seen every side of that: you can have a terrible winter of testing, then turn up at the first race and be competitive; equally, you can look impressive in winter testing and be nowhere in Melbourne. If you?ů‘ťľ‘šůre lucky, it all comes together in the tests and you hit the ground running at the first race. That’s always the goal.”
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