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Perez believes Bahrain drive silenced his critics

Apr 30, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Sergio Perez says his performance in the Bahrain Grand Prix proves he can justify his place at McLaren.

Perez finished sixth after beating his team mate and Fernando Alonso in tough wheel-to-wheel battles.

“We’ve been through some very difficult moments but I think this is the start of our season,” said Perez. “I never lost my confidence, I always believed in myself. I’ve shown the critics that I can do a good job.”

Perez came in for some criticism after lackluster performances in the early races of the season.

He drew fire from Kimi Raikkonen for the manner in which he defended his position in China. But, as was also the case with Alonso in Bahrain, the stewards were unmoved by the complaints of Perez’s rivals.

Perez focused on honing his race set-up in Bahrain which allowed him to go on the attack from 12th on the grid.

“The strategy and the pace of the car allows you to be different,” said Perez. “You are not defending, you are attacking.”

Team mate Jenson Button also felt Perez had overstepped the mark in Bahrain but the pair resolved their differences:

  1. apexassassin - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Lol, he may have silenced a few but the Button and Alonso fans are now very critical of his tactics…
    I’ve no issue with anything he did aside from giving Button a little rub – which stay made for great racing and something to talk about during this incredibly outdated 3 week gap between races.

    • apexassassin - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Why the hell did that post appear here? Obviously it was intended for the “perez believes he’s silenced his critics” article.

      As for Marussia you might as well start packing your bags… FOM/Bernie/CVC obviously don’t want you around… same with Caterham. I really don’t see why all teams (that qualify and race every round) don’t get a share of the revenue.

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