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Sergio Perez: “Our time will come”

Apr 20, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

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Sergio Perez has found rough waters so far in his first season with McLaren. Hampered by an underachieving car, the Mexican driver has collected just two points so far this Formula One season and has even been urged by McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh to “toughen up” against his rivals on the track.

But while acknowledging the difficulties he currently faces, the man they call “Checo” is confident that the Woking gang is heading for a turnaround.

“It is no secret that we are not performing at the level that we want to, so we are all disappointed,” Perez told the series’ official website, Formula1.com. “We are ambitious and are here to win and we are far from doing that at the moment, so of course, you look for reasons and blame. But we are all confident that our time will come, that success is probably waiting just around the corner.”

Perez’s three podiums for Sauber last year had many tagging him as a potential star, and those predictions were fueled further upon his jump to McLaren to race alongside former World Champion Jenson Button. With things not quite going to plan, Perez admits that the difference between his expectations going into 2013 and the reality is “very far.”

However, even in trying times, there are lessons to be learned that can prove very important down the road. That appears to be the tack Perez is taking as he tries to make the most of — at least for now — a less than optimal situation with the MP4-28.

“I also have to say that I’ve learned a lot in the last couple of months and over the first three races, so I can say that I’m a better driver now than I was,” he said.

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  1. apexassassin - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Checo really needs a solid weekend…It’s going to be hard to seal the big deal with TelMex/TelCel if he continues to be mediocre, so I hope he does well. Really shows how great of a car Sauber had last year. A better driver for them in 2012 and who knows… They might have been a serious contender.

    And his Mexican counterpart at Sauber needs to get it together! Having a collision in practice is one thing… having one after getting a 5 place penalty for an avoidable accident 4 days ago is another. He seems genuinely outclassed so far and is bordering on dangerous.

  2. chaparral2f - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Sergio is good, but not good enough IMO to field a ride with one of the top teams. I think he would have done better to stay at Sauber and refine his skills. At McLaren, he is over his head. Sauber was a better fit and they seemed to be able to give him a car to show what he could do.

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