F1 » Perez earns McLaren seat 'on merit'

Sergio Perez is with McLaren on merit, not because of financial backing, according to his new manager Adrian Fernandez

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October 01, 2012 2:11 PM

Really, there might have been some concerns in McLaren's camp about Vodafone pulling out of F1. This resulted in the less salary figure to Hamilton in 2013, a direct affect.

I bet Jenson might also had some discounts in his 2013 salary.

And there goes Hammy to Merc and Whitmarsh grabbed Checo and his sponsoror (will happens as the season comes to an end).

Now, checo has to prove one and all that he's a good bet in McLaren. All the races where he achieved a podium had different strategy when compared to the top 10/ front runners. He wont have that same advantage next year (only if he gets into Q3)..


October 01, 2012 2:15 PM


They offered more or less the same cash in the end, they wouldn't fully relax his image rights and let him keep the trophies....I suspect that won't be an issue at Mercedes :p


October 01, 2012 2:26 PM


Time will tell if it's a good move, it's a hell of a gamble. If he wins championships then fair enough, otherwise most people will think he moved for the image rights freedom (Simon Fullers influence) and money.

See how happy Lauda is when the tweets start.


October 01, 2012 3:04 PM

Mercedes saying he was second choice 'ahead' of Michael Schumacher, he made a big impression on his debut, and he has been eye catching on quite a few occasions, the chance to go up against a world champion in equal terms is a huge opportunity for him, and McLaren.

pepepe - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 3:10 PM

@all mclarens fans

Guys despite LH (he and FA are top 2 drivers in f1) leaving McLaren you must be happy with Perez. He is so good and so quick, cold mind, quick in one lap I am sure he is gong to be the guy who will retire current top guys in f1. He is the next one top driver and with this move McLaren will be at top no doubt.

Fletcher - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 3:20 PM

Checo has been demoralizing and making his teammates look mediocre since GP2 and was leading British F3 with a midfield team up against The might of Carlin Motorsport. He has a strong mind and he is very fast. Still needs polishing but hey he is only 20. Future champion no doubt.

oldtimer - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 6:45 PM

He came with extensive financial backing and with McClaren having to pay for
Mercedes engines from next season it makes good sense, in addition he's a more than good prospect who has made the best of what he has had at his disposal. He will certainly keep JB on his toes which can't be bad. Jenson will be nominally No1 and will have to work hard to justify it.

Ali - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 7:36 PM

I honestly don't know why people would think Perez didn't earn this seat. He clearly has out performed Kobayashi, and has had 3 podiums. He deserved the seat, and I look forward to seeing him win some races next season.
I'd love to see Jaime Alguersuari back on the grid in Sauber next year!

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