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McLaren has high expectations for Perez

McLaren is not going to give new recruit Sergio Perez time to play himself in to his new surroundings, demanding immediate results from the Mexican.

Sergio Perez will not be allowed time to bed himself into life at McLaren this season, with the team saying that it expects him to be a match for veteran Jenson Button.

The Mexican moved into the Woking fold as replacement for Mercedes-bound Lewis Hamilton, and has enjoyed a full winter with the team as it attempts to keep pace with Red Bull and Ferrari in 2013. With sceptics suggesting that Nico Hulkenberg may have been a better choice to partner Button this season, the pressure is already on Perez to perform, and McLaren is not about to make life any easier for the former Sauber driver.

"Sergio knows that we expect him to race hard and not come and be content to park the car two grid places behind Jenson,” managing director Jonathan Neale confirmed to Reuters, “That's not what we hired him for - I expect him to be trading places with Jenson from the get-go.

"When I look up at the timing screen, I want to see them close. We have high expectations of him, so he'd better be up the front if the car's capable [of it] - that's what we pay him for.”

Although Button has already shown what he is capable of, both in McLaren colours and previously in his F1 career, the pressure is no less intense.

“If we give them a package in which we can show that the car can be qualified in the top three or four places, then we expect wins from both of them," Neale concluded, “Then we know we've got each side of the garage really competing, which is what we've set the system up for."

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oldtimer - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 8:31 AM

Judging by the first two practice sessions in Australia they will be trading places down the order, unless there is a great improvement they will struggle to get into the points.

nikisan - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 8:03 AM

Haha, they basically wanted a fresh young gun to replace Hammy who could challenge for race wins from the get-go. Perez isn't that kind of guy, he hasn't proven himself worthy of a main manufacturer drive and i suspect mclaren will have one of their worst seasons in a while this year.

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