F1 » Whitmarsh: Perez doing a good job

Martin Whitmarsh defends the performance of new McLaren man Sergio Perez - although former racer John Watson says he feels the team is suffering from its new-look line-up

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Zedd - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 3:15 PM

I seem to remember hearing that he'd be expected to keep up with and challenge Button but as of yet he's not even been in the same race as Button. To make matters worse, Button doesn't appear to be anywhere close to challenging for a podium finish.

Ambrose9 - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 3:27 PM

I doubt Hamilton would of struggled so much in the first two races had he been in that car... Personally I feel it was premature for Mclaren to sign him on, maybe why Ferrari didn't? He's still very unproven. Mclaren need someone who will push Button and contribute equally to the cars development rather than someone yet to adjust to a top team. Think Mclaren may suffer for a time yet. Button relied on Hamiltons set ups a fair bit last year didnt he?

uinthemirror - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 5:24 PM

Funny how @ jim crint & Nick636 wants to remind all about the botched pit stop with button but refuses to use the same line when it comes to other drivers!!
Consistency is the mark of a gentleman! - lads

Wishbone - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 5:47 PM

I think McLaren have bigger issues to sort before looking at drivers, like opening the set-up window a bit wider and producing better pitstops and qualifying decisions.

Ben - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 6:27 PM

@Jim crint

You said: "...but for a botched pit-stop Button would have been challenging for a podium at the last race!"

We have to stop drawing conclusion based on "if this ..., if that..." Alonso could well sit back and say if I hadn't crashed out, I would have won the race. Even a Marussia driver can be a world champion with a combination of "ifs..."

Was Jenson Button's subsequent retirement the result of the "botched pit stop"? From what I have heard so far from Button himself and Martin Whitmarsh, the answer is NO.
What makes you think that even with a perfect pit stop, Button would not have suffered the same high vibration on the left wheel? Button pitted on lap 33, meaning that he still had 23 laps to put on those tires in order to achieve a 3 stop race strategy. The best he had managed until that point was 18 laps in his 2nd stint and the tyres were gone when he pitted. I still believe Jenson would have been forced to pit again towards the end of the race, just as did his tea

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