Sergio Perez feeling the pressure of driving for McLaren

Sergio Perez admits he’s feeling the pressure of driving for McLaren after a slow start to the 2013 Formula 1 season

By James Dutton
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Sergio Perez joined McLaren this season Photo: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Sergio Perez admits he’s feeling the pressure of driving for McLaren, having not delivered the results expected of him in the first three races of the 2013 Formula 1 season.

McLaren head into this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix with an uncompetitive car, and Perez well off the pace of team-mate Jenson Button.

The Mexican said: “I definitely feel the pressure. In McLaren, everyone is watching your performance, every practice, every single race.”

But he has surprised with the level of criticism that has come his way following last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

“I find it quite amazing that after three weekends, when I had two good weekends in terms of maximizing the car, after one bad weekend I received so many criticisms, but this is quite normal for a team like McLaren,” Perez said.

“I never thought about it before and if I’m totally honest I’m not bothered about it. I’m here to do my job and I will try my best this weekend. I will keep trying my very best, which I have been doing from the start.”

Perez, who has only just joined McLaren after two seasons at Sauber, has been told by team boss Martin Whitmarsh to up his game. Perez also admits that Button has been a tough rival to live up to.

“Jenson has been extremely difficult to beat,” he said. “In China, I was quite off the pace from him. Never got close to him. With the car we have he is doing an extremely good job, you have to say.

“I want to beat everyone, not only Jenson. To be successful, you have to win. That is what I want. It’s normal.

“When you come to McLaren you are expected to come and win. I am the first one hungry for success. I am trying to do my best, it is quite normal and McLaren are a very ambitious team. Sooner or later I will have good success with this team.”

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