Perez: “I’ve never worked harder”

2013 Australian Grand Prix

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Sergio 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?s 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?ve had a productive three weeks of testing and we?re 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?t think any team really knows or understands the competitive order.”

“It?s 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?s 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?ve 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?re 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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51 comments on Perez: “I’ve never worked harder”

  1. Armchair Expert (@armchairexpert) said on 9th March 2013, 6:20

    He’ll be fine if he’s driving as fast as he was last year and displays similiar attitude to what he showed until Monza, not live-or-die from Japan onwards, when it was clear to see he dropped any cautiousness and went for it every single time. Many people don’t know he lost well over 100 points due to awful luck and his team, which is probably the worst when it comes to strategy. Lost chances for wins (yes, you read it right, wins) in Spain or Monaco due to things outside his control and points thrown away by the team, who never ever heard about something called track position and clear air (for example Hungary and Sigapore, both times pitted too late only to join behind Ricciardo, on a tracks where it’s almost impossible to overtake, and lose massive amount of time).

    Based on his pace in all races last year, I would be very disappointed if he’s not a match for Button. If he’s not and Checo will be slower than Button that means only one thing – 2012 Sauber was WDC car in the right hands, the likes of Alonso or Hamilton.

    • I think that is a gross exaggeration: the car was very good yes, and better than 6th place in the constructor’s championship suggested, but the Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren at least were faster.

  2. David Langdown said on 10th March 2013, 0:52

    I can find no reaction or statements from McLaren regarding the moving on of Hamilton. What were their feelings having given him all those years of learning with them.

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