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Sergio Perez: It has been great getting to know the whole team - the experience has been all I thought it would be, and more

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oldtimer - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 12:32 PM

I'm not too sure where he gets his hope from, we've had four races now and at best the Mclaren is a midfield qualifier and a midfield finisher and that means running an entirely different startegy, in other words not trying to race the others but trying to gain a few points by doing less pitstops. Mclaren are going to have to make a huge leap in performance to match the fastest cars and at best that is not going to happen overnight. We need to wait and see if the upgrades have any effect at all or if they have gone down a blind alley. Once a bad car allways a bad car, look at Ferrari last year they never got it 100% right and only Alonso's huge ability got them in with a chance. Neither Button or Perez are Alonso and he best we can hope for is a gradual improvement and possibly a couple of podiums at the end of the season.

bob - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 1:15 PM

@oldtimer

No doubt Alonso is very talented and clever on the race track, but I don't care how good a driver is, if last years Ferrari really was as bad as everyone makes out, then he wouldn't have been able to save it!

My conclusion is that the Ferrari really wasn't as bad as it's made out to be. Maybe it was in the first race or two, but they soon got it sorted.

I don't think it was Alonso's ability alone that made him a title challenger last year, it was down to the Ferrari team who got the car a lot more sorted a lot sooner than everyone thinks.

It's just a better story for everyone to say that it was only fast because of Alonso.

bob - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 1:20 PM

@oldtimer

People have their own opinions about drivers and will think it no matter what.

A perfect example will be when Button starts mixing it up in the top 3 and winning again.

Most people on here will say, and I guarantee this, that the only reason he is winning again is because McLaren must have really sorted the car and now it must be the fastest on the grid.

Alonso does it in 2012 = Beacuse Alonso is a great driver

Button does it in 2013 (hopefully) = Because McLaren have the fastest car.

And before anyone starts on about it's true cause Button can't win in a slow car like Hamilton etc. I suggest you look back to McLaren in 2009 and tell me how well you think Hamilton goes in a crap car!

oldtimer - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 1:59 PM

Bob , We are both Button fans believe it or not is just that I'm much more critical than you, the facts are that Button has had on several occasions brilliant drives the like of which few drivers could have matched, he also won his championship in a car that was by a huge degree superior for the first half of the season than the others. Also I don't think Button in last years Ferrari would have produced the results Alonso did. Button appears to need a car perfectly tailored to his style, this season he has'nt got it he's got a Mclaren 'badun' and that's a real shame because I want him to win another championship to put all the trolls on here to shame. Roll on next season and let's hope Mclaren get it right because the clock is ticking and Button knows it.

b0bbs - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 4:00 PM

Yes Bob but it does not change the fact that F.Massa was under performing with the same car, even tho Alonso was snatching podium after podium. Yes the car was not that bad I agree with you, but what Alonso did with it was fascinating and you can't take that away from him.

bob - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 4:01 PM

@oldtimer

I don't want to turn this into a 'who's the better driver', I'm just saying that...

a - People have their mind made up already about the drivers no matter what can be shown to the contrary. The EXACT same circumstances can happen to two drivers and they can both end up with the same outcome, yet people tell us for a FACT that one was because of the car and the other because of the driver. Happens all the time in F1 and it annoys me.

b - I don't think last years Ferrari was really that bad.

That's all.

bob - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 4:06 PM

@b0bbs

I agree with you and take nothing away from Alonso, he is an awesome talent that's for sure.

I'm simply saying, if the Ferrari was as bad as everyone made out even Alonso couldn't have saved it.

I knew the Massa comparison would come up, but the sad fact is Massa really hasn't been that good since the accident. It's terrible but true. I believe he has the talent and skills to match Alonso, we've all seen it pre accident, but unfortunately for whatever reason those talents and skills have been rarely seen as of late.

Although you have to admit if you had to pick the best Ferrari driver out of the last 5 races of last season, I'm afraid it wouldn't be Alonso.

The Shining Night - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 9:01 PM

Quoting Perez - "The circuits have a lot of history. Tracks like Monaco, Silverstone, Spa and Monza have been on the calendar since F1 started in 1950 - I think it's great that we still have those circuits that represent the sport and all its history" ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

Just another reminder why I like Raikkonen so much better than most of these also-ran.

Surely sergio wouldnt give a rat's a** if any or all of the above circuits dropped off the F1 calendar, so long as he is still a part of it(F1), by hook or by crook, mostly the latter.....so, why open thy mouth and only contribute to noise pollution?

It's not like there is any shortage of farting drivers in F1, that we now have to deal with a I-still-dont-know-the-braking-points rookie who feels he already owns half the mclaren group.

F1 Rules! - Unregistered

May 04, 2013 7:06 AM

C'mon!

Do people just decide to type stuff just for the sake of typing stuff???

"Massa was better than Alonso in the last few races of last year"......blah blah blah. Is it really all that simple, straightforward and naive? What about the fact that a driver racing for the WDC and fighting the all-conquering Red Bulls would have driven very carefully, to keep it on the black stuff to carry the fight right to the very end.......or that the one without that pressure would have driven more freely and therefore appear much faster??

Are we discussing/arguing these points on this knowledgeable level - or just typing stuff as if it's all straightforward and kindergarten stuff?? Like.....Massa is suddenly a better driver than Alonso??

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