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Sergio Perez Q&A: Things can only get better in Malaysia 17 Mar 2013

Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren, during the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 17 March 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28 goes across the grass on slicks.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 17 March 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 16 March 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 16 March 2013

Sunday in Melbourne did not provide the best of starts to Sergio Perez’s McLaren career - 15th on the grid after a poor tyre choice in qualifying, followed by a disappointing 11th in the race, missing out on a point by less than a second. Here’s what the Mexican had to say afterwards…

Q: Sergio, your first race for McLaren. How would you sum it up?
Sergio Perez:
It was indeed a tough race. It was very hard to make things work. I would say that we pretty much maximized our result. We had a good start and I think we did the right strategy, but then we have half pace. On top of this the track here didn’t help us. Indeed it was quite the contrary: it showed us drastically where our weak points are.

Q: Is there anything that you can take from this weekend to Malaysia?
SP:
We have to give it a positive spin. We know that the car is not performing but we have the best team to bounce back again. What we need is to get more performance out of the car - and that might take us some time. It is a real shame that I didn’t score any points today and it only can get better in Malaysia. I am pretty sure it will. Right now we are two and a half seconds behind the pace, so we have a lot to prove.

Q: It seemed to be difficult to get on top of the tyres - everybody seems to have struggled today…
SP:
…yes, it is very difficult. It was almost impossible to make the tyres last, but it is what it is.

Q: Points were really an issue for McLaren today. You were out of the points and Jenson scored only two - is that the maximum with the car?
SP:
Well, we have to learn to maximize our results. Jenson did today, I didn’t. Maybe there would have been one point possible for me, but that is already history so let’s look forward positively.

Q: What is the main problem with the McLaren right now?
SP:
We are lacking downforce, we are lacking stability, but it’s not (just) one or two things. The car is not fast enough and this is our reality.

Q: Is there an option to switch back to last year’s car? At the end of last season it was the fastest car on the grid…
SP:
No, there is no option to switch back, so we have to put our heads down and try to make this one work. The car has a potential - we just have to learn to understand it and put the pieces together. If we manage that we will again be fighting for good positions.

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