Sergio Perez has said he feels lucky to have Jenson Button
as his team-mate for the 2013 F1 season after having the opportunity to work alongside the Briton at the circuit for the first time last week.
Perez sampled his new McLaren
alongside Button in the opening test of the year at Jerez, with the pair each spending two days on track with the new MP4-28.
Reflecting on the experience of working with the 2009 title winner thus far, Perez said he felt lucky to be alongside a driver with a championship crown to his name and was benefitting from the experience of the 33-year-old.
"I'm very lucky driver to have a champion next to me as well as such a good guy," he was quoted by ESPN
. "We are working so well together and I've been learning so much from him in my short [McLaren] career. Definitely the pressure is there, the team expects a lot from me and I expect the same; I want to go out there and win the championship and fight everybody.
“I will work together with Jenson to learn a lot from him and I think we are doing very well."
Perez makes the switch to McLaren
for 2013 having spent the past two seasons with Sauber, and he admitted that there were a number of changes to get used to with his new team.
"The procedures are very different and the way the car works," he said. "It's basically like learning how to set up a car with different tools. This is quite difficult because every team has different strategies on the steering wheel and not everyone speaks the same on the radio. That is something new for me but that is very good as well."