F1 » F1 China 2013: Tough first day for Perez


It wasn't the reassuring first day in Shanghai that Sergio Perez was looking for in his first Chinese GP with his new team McLaren.

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Firestorm - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 11:04 AM

Poor Perez, he must wake up and understand that life at McLaren is much toucher than he thinks. Just look to their former drivers. Montoya, Raikkonen, Alonso and at the last Hamilton all left this team and admitted that they were unhappy inside the Woking team. McLaren is perfect for nice guys and calm drivers like Hakkinen, Coulthard and Button. Looks at last year...at this point of the season, Perez was shinning inside is C31. But is true that we are losing the midfiled teams this year. The differnce between them and the top teams is quite bigger this year. I doubt that we will watch any podium finish this year by the likes of Force India, Sauber, Toro Rosso or Williams which last year won a race and clearly won not by luck.

JJJ - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 1:51 PM

@Firestorm

Yeah in general I would agree to all of that. I think though that Force India may be able to get on the podium at some races with a little luck this year, of all the 2nd tier teams they've looked the best in terms of pace IMO so far. If Sauber improves their pace a bit maybe Hulkenberg can take a podium as well, particularly in a wet race, but yeah, so far Sauber have looked decidedly unimpressive pacewise, especially in dry conditions, STR looks like the same STR from the previous years (just in front of the 3rd tier Caterham/Marussia) and Williams have once again dropped off a cliff...

Wishbone - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 1:13 AM

@pitstops3 - to be fair, when LH went off there in '07 he was down to the canvas cos McLaren left him out too long! At least, that's what I remember...! Or it could just the barriers attracting chrome painted cars...

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