Sergio Perez recently signed a multi-year deal with McLaren, a move that will see the young Mexican replace Lewis Hamilton, the last man to win a driver’s championship with the iconic British team.
Since the announcement Perez, who raced to three great podiums last season, has failed to score a point since the announcement was made.
But should we write him off? I say certainly not!
Firstly, numerous first lap conflicts have seen more retirements than his teammate in a predominately reliable Sauber. Perez was a victim to Romain Grosjean’s first lap disasters, amongst other incidents halting any use of his tyre saving ability.
Secondly, Perez, known as Checo by his friends, is a driver best suited to long tactical races where correct tyre choices are paramount to success. Another driver known for using this driving style: his new team mate Jenson Button. Thus next year’s McLaren will be suited to the pair of them.
What’s more Perez is young and therefore bound to make mistakes. This fate is inevitable but with a fast car, an experienced team mate and heaps of natural talent I think he’ll all learn fast.
Martin Whitmarsh has said that Perez’s fitness isn’t yet to their exacting standard. Therefore the young Mexican has a “tough winter ahead of him”. But we all know that racing isn’t for the faint hearted. If these sacrifices are what it takes to win, one would expect him to make it without any hesitations.
I hope so and wish him the best of luck for his next season. He may get off to a shaky start but in a year from now I expect to be saying: “I told you so”!
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