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Hopefuly we have turned the corner, says Perez

Sergio Perez: It has been great getting to know the whole team - the experience has been all I thought it would be, and more
Sergio Perez has said he is hopeful McLaren has now 'turned the corner' following the team's dismal start to F1 2013.

McLaren opted to go radical with the new MP4-28 and to date the decision has not paid off. Indeed the squad has only scored 23 points in the Constructors' Championship and sits a lowly sixth in the rankings - 3 points behind Force India and 86 behind the current leaders, Red Bull. Furthermore while the Woking-based squad has progressed since Australia, Jenson Button's fifth place finish in China remains the highlight.

Despite all the troubles though, Perez maintains he is enjoying being a McLaren driver and after his fighting display in Bahrain, en-route to sixth, he will be eager to maintain that momentum at the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend.

“It has been great getting to know the whole team - the experience has been all I thought it would be, and more,” Perez told ESPN.

“Everyone has treated me so well and I feel like I have settled in great. After a tough start to the season, we are all united to get this team back where it belongs at the front of the grid. Hopefully, we have turned the corner now.”

Looking to the event at the Circuit de Catalunya and the start of the Euorpean season, the Mexican added that he enjoys racing on the older tracks. He also believes it is important F1 remembers its roots.

“It is something I'm looking forward to because Europe is really the home of F1 - 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.

“We can never lose them.”

Related Pictures

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19.04.2013- Free Practice 1, Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28
21.04.2013- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28 leads Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
21.04.2013- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21 and Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28
21.04.2013- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 leads Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28
20.04.2012- Free Practice 3, Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28
19.04.2013- Free Practice 2, Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28
19.04.2013- Free Practice 2, Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28
19.04.2013- Free Practice 1, Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28

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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.

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.

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