January 9th, 2013 (F1plus Team).- Sergio Perez just started to work for his new team, McLaren as he was officially introduced to the media. This move makes elevates the Mexican to a new status and makes him a championship contender.
Making his first appearance in front of the press at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Perez conceded that he would have to work very hard to beat Button early in the season. However, Button who made his Formula One debut in 2000 and has driven for several teams (Williams, Benetton, BAR, Honda, Brawn and McLaren) is an affable and experienced driver and Perez said he must learn from Button's long F1 experience.
"I think Jenson has a lot of experience and he is a very fast driver as well," Perez told Sky. "He's one of the best drivers in the world, it's a guarantee that he will be fast, he will be competitive, there's no doubt about it.”
I think I have to make my own space. I think I will be able to work very well with Jenson because he's a very experienced driver - the most experienced driver we have today in Formula One - so for me it will be great to join him. He's a great champion, I think I've got to learn from him but at the same time I want to beat him."
Perez also said that he wants to take advantage of McLaren big resources to improve as driver.
"I think here McLaren helps you improve in many areas. The preparation here is more intense than what I was used to so this automatically with work will improve and I think once the season starts we will start to know where we have to improve."
As expected, the inquiry about stepping into Hamilton shoes and that entails, the Mexican expressed:
"They are very big [shoes], he's one of the best drivers in the world so it's never easy to fill one of those shoes. So I'm here to bring everything I can, to give my very best every single race - inside and outside the car - and to work together with this great family that is McLaren.
"I think when you come in to McLaren this has to be your target, otherwise you shouldn't join McLaren. Because here everyone is working for that goal, so I'm coming here to do the same, to work for that goal, and definitely that has to be our goal for us."
Additionally, Sergio Pérez has been promised equal status at McLaren ahead of the 2013 campaign, with Team Principal
Martin Whitmarsh reiterating there will not be a number two driver at the outfit.
"People like to have that debate," Whitmarsh told Sky Sports from McLaren's factory. "The fact is Jenson has got the advantage in terms of he knows the team, he has the experience and he is a World Champion.
"Jenson will be very generous with his time, but when he pulls out of the garage, Jenson will want to beat Sergio and Sergio will want to beat Jenson. That is the mentality in our team. They will have equal treatment. I think that competition in the team is good."