Bahrain

Last Race: 19th April Bahrain

Bahrain GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Kimi Raikkonen
3 Nico Rosberg
Spain

Next Race: 10th May Spain

Whitmarsh: Perez on learning curve

2012-10-31 12:15:00

 RSS

Share:

Whitmarsh: Perez on learning curve

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has downplayed Sergio Perez's recent on-track struggles...

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has downplayed Sergio Perez's recent on-track struggles.


The Sauber driver hasn't had the best of times since he was confirmed as Lewis Hamilton's replacement at the Woking squad, failing to finish in the top 10 in the last three races.

His tussle with the departing Hamilton in Japan let to him ending up in the gravel, in Korea he was involved in an opening-lap incident while in India he suffered another retirement after picking up a puncture during a scrap with Daniel Ricciardo of Toro Rosso.

There have been suggestions that Perez is trying to hard following confirmation of his move to McLaren, but Whitmarsh feels it is part of the learning process.

"He is a young and exciting driver," he said. "Exciting can be good, it can be bad. But I think he did a fantastic job to be up there [eighth] in qualifying.

"He has the speed, and he wants to get up there and win. But if he hasn't got something to learn at 22, there is something wrong.

"I haven't spent much time with him, but [in] the time I have spent [I've found] he is very intelligent, and very ambitious. And, at the moment, he has a good level of humility.

"If we can turn him into a World Champion he will lose some of that along the way."

Here's a man with a lot of reasons to be happy

Editor's Picks

Tech: McLaren Rear Wing

Tech: McLaren Rear Wing

Matt Somerfield looks at the new rear wing top flap and mainplane that was introduced on Fernando Alonso's car in Bahrain...

Team-Mate Wars: Bahrain

Team-Mate Wars: Bahrain

In F1, the first person you have to beat is your team-mate. Andrew Davies' Team-Mate Wars bows out for the final time...

Forum: Good For A Laugh

Forum: Good For A Laugh

Nico Rosberg laughed off number two claims; the Forum laughed at him laughing it off...

Kvyat Crossroads

Kvyat Crossroads

Out-gunned by his team-mate, Daniil Kyvat could be facing the stark reality that goes with racing for the Red Bull squad...

PF1 Fantasy Racing

PF1 Fantasy Racing

Are you a Ross Brawn or a Paul Stoddart? Can you manage money like Bernie or Caterham? Let's find out...