Whitmarsh defends Perez after “crazy” jibe by Hamilton 11 October, 2012 Oct.11 (GMM) Martin Whitmarsh has defended McLaren‘s new signing, Sergio Perez in the aftermath of the Mexican’s duel with Lewis Hamilton at Suzuka. After their on-track battle at Suzuka, in which Perez spun his Sauber into retirement, departing McLaren protege Lewis Hamilton described the Mexican’s driving as “crazy”. But team boss Whitmarsh, who has signed the 22-year-old to replace the Mercedes-bound Hamilton in 2013, told the Independent that he disagrees with the 2008 world champion. “It [the Suzuka incident] shows we have someone [Perez] who wants to go out there and race and challenge,” he said. “There is a diamond that needs to be honed there and that is quite an interesting challenge,” added Whitmarsh. Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsMcLaren preview Singapore Grand Prix weekendIncreasingly likely McLaren will retain current driversFerrari and McLaren face tough road back to the topMcLaren-Honda may run at Abu Dhabi testMcLaren running out of star driver options for 2015McLaren: We’re making sure and steady progressMcLaren eye Hamilton-Rosberg feud with interestHonda powered McLaren could test this yearMcLaren: There’s more to comeMcLaren to decide 2015 drivers before season ends McLarenfan Nice one Martin!! And there are many who agree with you! Salman well i really feel sorry for martin as he has to deal with the attitudes of the departing and the arriving driver but he really knws hw to handle them.. anxiously waiting for a good upcoming 2013 season for mclaren with its new driver lineup… Phil Look at the footage onboard Sergio’s car it looks suspiciously like Hamilton braked early for the corner Sergio commented that he didn’t expect him to do that in his apology to the team. I have looked at it a few times and I agree it’s dubious but I am not an F1 driver, nor am I so politically correct I cannot see that the King is in the altogether. McLarenfan @ Phil: Same thoughts here it looked like Lewis thought you are not catching me twice also he moved more to the middle of the track. I think Lewis thought he made me look a prat so I will now make him look like one.