F1 » Whitmarsh wants Perez to 'toughen up' in future

"Sergio has been very polite so far this year. I think he needs to toughen up," says McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh.

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numbskull - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 5:18 PM

3 races and people are already condemning him. It will take Perez time to adjust to the McLaren just like it will take time for Lewis to adjust to the mercedes. Plus his car is naff.

Geno - USA - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 5:53 PM

McLaren's decision to let Lewis go when a few million $ and a few trophies could have kept him on was clearly a botch job. They will lose much more than that in constructors' championship money alone. The car this year is another botch job. Whitmarsh needs to focus on his performance, not Sergio's.

nosense - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 7:02 PM

And yes, Im a proud macca fan, from Spain actually.

One of the few here if not the only one to have visited Woking, and for sure the only one to have drop a tear while in front of the Mp4.4 of A.S.

After being given a lap around inside a Mp4-12C GT3 at Goodwood with a special taxi driver on te wheel, J. Push the B.

Doom - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 7:08 PM

'Toughen up??? I thought that his driving while defending against Alonso, Hamilton and Kimi were all rash. Against the former two, he weaked more than once, and he forced Kimi onto the grass when he could have taken the inside line instead.

What are McLaren onto, if anyone it was Button who was allowing everyone to pass him left, right and centre!

Martin (not Whitmarsh) - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 7:27 PM

Just Martin Twitmarsh trying to cover his own backside for the dreadful hash he made of driver negotiations last year.

Which idiot opened negotiations with the best qualifier and one of, if not the best drivers in F1 with a 33% pay cut on the table? - MW

Which idiot panicked and hired the first driver going just to try and give the illusion that McLaren had a plan B for when Lewis sacked them? - MW

If Twitmarsh had taken his time, any of Kovalainen, Hulkenberg or Sutil could be in that McLaren, certainly making Jenson sweat in qualifying as well as the race.

He hired a rookie with virtually no pedigree, what does he expect?


April 15, 2013 7:30 PM

@Redabulla and Buzz45

In their rookie year at Sauber:
Raikkonen finished 10th in the drivers championship
Perez finished 16th in the drivers championship.

Raikkonen best results - 4th - twice.
Perez best results - 7th

Experience prior to f1
Raikkonen: Formula Renault
Perez: Formula BMW, Formula 3, GP2

See, statistics and facts.


April 15, 2013 7:57 PM

@redda bull. Nobody is judging him on the last 3 races, he didn't exactly set the world alight in the 2nd half of last year, zero points I seem to remember. In fact Kobayashi out qualified him and outscored him over the best part of the season, he isn't even racing this year.

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