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 make troubled start to new Honda eraDennis: I am in a position to say that we will be strongBoullier: We all want to go into Melbourne thinking we can winMcLaren: We had issues but at least the Honda engine fired upDennis: You can rebuild a marriage, making it stronger than beforeKing Juan Carlos: Fernando told me he is going to join McLarenButton: I feel I’m at the top of my gameMagnussen and Alonso likely 2015 McLaren line-upButton: F1 is a great job but there are other things in lifeHerbert says McLaren should stick with Button 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.