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Perez hails 'incredible' team effort at McLaren
6 April 2013
Sergio Perez has paid homage to McLaren for the 'incredible' efforts made to improve the troublesome MP4-28 for the Chinese Grand Prix.
The 2013 F1 season resumes next week at the Shanghai International Circuit and the Mexican believes it will be a good test for their car.
Perez brought to an end an unwelcome seven-race spell without a top-ten finish in Malaysia last time out and he will now be hoping to add to his points tally in China, scene for the third round in the championship, and the start of another pair of back-to-back events, with Bahrain set to follow just seven days later.
“I think there's been a little time to breathe after the first two races of the season,” Perez remarked. “That's been important for us, as we've been able to get back to MTC (McLaren Technology Centre) and really throw all our efforts behind the modifications we need to make the car perform more consistently.
“For me, it's been incredible to not only see the speed of the team's reaction, but also the positive way that everyone has pulled together to make those changes. It's been an incredible team effort.
“So, we go into round three, and I feel there's a lot of positivity within the team. We know that we somewhat under-performed in Australia and Malaysia, but, Jenson [Button - my team-mate] and I nonetheless managed to score some points. We may not have been as far up the order as we'd have liked, but those points-finishes mean the team has now extended its unbroken scoring run to 60 races – that's pretty incredible, and a nice record to be able to maintain.
“Like everyone within the team, I'm really looking forward to China – it's a great track with a little bit of everything – and I think it'll be a good test of the car.”
McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile has also been impressed by the team's spirit and determination to turn things around.
“Clearly, our performance in Australia and Malaysia fell below the high standards we've come to expect at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. However, the three-week break between rounds two and three has been a useful one; we have been fully engaged in further developing our understanding of the MP4-28 and are confident of being able to implement a number of changes that will widen its operating window and, potentially, improve its performance,” he added.
“The team's ability to respond has been exemplary; as I've already said, the behaviour of both Jenson and Checo has been superb. They have shown themselves to be true, inspirational leaders, and they have held themselves high, as real ambassadors for our team. The engineers, designers and mechanics, too, have worked tirelessly and painstakingly to unlock the car's potential, and we feel confident that we are starting to turn the page.
“We've enjoyed some very competitive weekends in Shanghai in the past – with some equally unexpected results – and I feel confident and excited that we head to China with the hope of making further progress and eating into the advantage currently held by the leading pack.”