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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Ben - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 6:32 PM

Istill believe jJenson would have been forced to pit again towards the end of the race just as did his teammate Perez, who was on the same strategy, but was forced to pit for the 4th time with 3 laps remaining, and this actually caused him to loose at least one spot.


April 05, 2013 7:11 PM

ben. jim is right! utton was catching the mercs and if he had a normal pit stop, and continued catching at the rate he was, then a podium was a possibility. better than his melbourne result!

i know its all "what ifs" but he was up on the mercs on merit.

Ben - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 8:42 PM


I'm not sure that answers my questions. I will ask them again, with the hope that you cristal ball works this time:

What makes you think that Button was going to catch the mercs with a wounded car (high vibration on the right wheel) that was retired eventually?
Even without the vibration and considering that Button was catching Rosberg "on merits", do you believe he would have sustained that pace for 23 laps on those tyres?

Only Raikkonen was able to put 22 laps on his tyres on a 3 stop strategy and we all know how that hurt his race towards the end. Perez tried a 3 stopper as well but after 21 laps on his tyres, had to pit to complete the last 2 laps, which explains his fastest lap at that point. He lost spots by pitting that late. Grossjean also put 21 laps on the tyres on a 3 stop strategy, and not one of them was anywhere close to the mercs as they could not even get close to Massa who was 13 seconds behind the mercs.

These are all facts.

notsopunk - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 5:31 AM

John Watson? and who remembers you?? 5 wins does not say much of a great driver...
lets see Watson first 4 years in F1 VS Perez first 2 years in F1 side by side:
Points: Perez: 86 Watson: 6
Podiums: Perez: 3 Watson: 0
Fast Laps: Perez: 2 Watson: 0

hmmm... sounds to me like someone is speaking with envy.
McLaren knows how the car is not good yet.


April 06, 2013 8:03 AM

ben. i was addressng the singular issue of the pace of the macca/button. and of course, the race result did have problems, none of which could be forseen and did not take from the gains made by macca. button came in for tyres and as he is light on tyres, there is no reason to suspect that he could not have continued at his pace. in the end, it ws a failure in the pits that prevented him a good finish, not a slowness of the mp28 or of button

ghog - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 10:04 PM

This is going to be an interesting season.

Team orders under question, Tyre performance under question, Drivers under question.......

Looking forward to actual racing and a lot less what IF's an But's !

Screw "Team Orders" Let the Racers Race!

jim crint - Unregistered

April 07, 2013 1:42 AM

ben, point taken, but given the vibration problem was in the same left wheel that was left off at the pitstop it seems likely that what happened then caused the problem. But I also accept that the problem could have been there from the beginning and may have even contributed to the botched pitstop. Either way, Button's speed was much better than was predicted given the nightmare in Melbourne. I think McLaren may surprise in China.

FWI5 - Unregistered

April 07, 2013 6:44 PM

I honestly thought that Perez would come into Mclaren and give jb problems straight away but it seems it takes a driver of the highest standard to come into a team and instantly beat up the current driver there like what is going on at Mercedes

notsopunk - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 1:42 AM

Perez has same points as Jenson both driving a crappy car.
I'd wait until the cars are in tip-top shape to say something non sense like many here are already saying...

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