F1 » McLaren 'has best driver pairing available’ for 2013


McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has defended the decision to pair Sergio Perez with Jenson Button for 2013, despite concerns over the Mexican's recent form.

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Nick636

November 09, 2012 5:09 AM

@ CommonSense

I like Nico. But suggesting that he is better than Jenson is laughable... Also, based on their time together in the team, suggesting that Lewis is better isn't far off. He has NEVER been far ahead of Jenson, and, had it not been for the upgrade package that clearly didn't suit Jenson this year, I am certain he would be ahead of Lewis (as he was before the upgrades).

I believe Jenson and Lewis are pretty equally matched talent-wise. (And please don't bring up their histories as they are not comparable. Lewis was in a TOP car from day one).

LewisMerc - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 6:40 AM

He has NEVER been far ahead of Jenson, and, had it not been for the upgrade package that clearly didn't suit Jenson this year,


WHAT!!!!!!!!! So Jenson cant just drive the God damn car? look thats the difference between him and Lewis, so far the car goes faster Lewis would welcome it and drives whether car drifts, under-steer, over-steer, no grip or glides he drives.

Please they are not equally match talent wise and yes the Tortoise did beat the hare but it doesnt mean its faster.



Nick636

November 09, 2012 7:22 AM

@ oligarch

WOW!!! One crash!!! Name another one... AND BTW, Vettel hit Karthikeyan too... Also, with Button's crash, he locked the back tyres, ADMITTED IT WAS HIS FAULT, (And at that stage Karthikeyan wasn't a back marker, he was ahead due to the safety car and was CRAWLING through the corner).

@ LewisMerc

Ah ha... And if you've watched all races, you will see Lewis has had his struggles as well. Three 8th's, a 10th and a 19th... Yes, racing is about being quick, but how can you say Jenson isn't quick? Fastest lap in India...

Andrew - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 9:46 AM

Ah ha... And if you've watched all races, you will see Lewis has had his struggles as well. Three 8th's, a 10th and a 19th... Yes, racing is about being quick, but how can you say Jenson isn't quick? Fastest lap in India...


I believe one of his 8th was from starting 24th and I believe Jenson started 8th and finished 12th that very race, he finished 8th in Silverstone and Jenson finised 10th in that race. He finished 10th in Korea because of anti-roll bar (in English Sabotage)

Jenson recorded his fastest lap after Vettel, Alonso, Webber and Lewis have finished their race.

Dangerous_Dave - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 11:03 AM

I would have been thinking about Maldonado if the signing business were going on right now. Maturity comes with age and you can help a guy calm down, but you can't teach talent. However when the Hamilton announcement came I'm not sure I would have said the same. Maybe Whitmarsh was too hasty in grabbing somebody? Or maybe he thought 'all young drivers are a gamble talent-wise so why not get one with money attached?'.

Anyways, I'm not a fan of Mclaren any more, due to their seriously mediocre driver lineup for next year and their diabolical management who made it (and so many other mis-steps) happen.

oldtimer - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 11:18 AM

They have had the best drivers available for years and have only Hamiltons 2008 title in recent years plus no constructors title for 14 years to brag about. The facts are that they do not achieve the results they would like due to a host of operational and reliability problems. Button and Perez are second string drivers for different reasons and I cannot see them getting to the front too often especially if McClarens problems continue. Button needs to lift his game more than a few notches to match the top guys and Perez has to learn quickly and they need McClaren to produce the top car straight out of the box to have any chance of success. Recent history tells us It's simply not going to happen. Button will continue moaning about the set-up, tyres the weather anything to detract from the fact he's not doing the job and Perez will struggle to match his so so form at Sauber. They need a guy fast enough to win on a regular basis in a less then good car and they do not have that.

oligarch - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 11:35 AM

nick has button been ahead of hamilton in the WDC since the crash is the question, you mentioned upgrades when he was already behind lewis after malaysia. do not distort the truth.

for you to say only lewis has been in a top team from day one i think you conveniently forget that jensen was at williams, which was a top team when he was there fairly early on in his career.

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