Perez hits back at Di Resta's pay driver jibe

Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C30.  Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 27 March 2011.Sergio Perez has hit back at Paul di Resta after the Force India driver revealed that he had had talks with McLaren when the British team was contemplating Lewis Hamilton’s 2013 successor.

But he said that McLaren ultimately chose the Mexican Sergio Perez because of the “commercial side” of the sport.

“Money’s tight,” said di Resta. “Perez has some good backing.”

But Perez, 22, has hit back at di Resta by saying on Twitter: “Money can buy you a seat but never the results.

“I say it to those who still doubt it,” he added in his native Spanish.

While Perez got three podiums and 66 points with Sauber in 2012, 26-year-old di Resta’s best finish last season was a single fourth place, in Singapore.

Earlier, as Perez made his official McLaren debut with a media day at the team’s Woking headquarters, he admitted that the  ‘pay driver’ label used to make him angry.

“It made me angry at the beginning as people didn’t realise what I had sacrificed. I had to leave my family when I was 15 and live above a restaurant in Germany,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail.

“But sooner or later you learn … to deal with it.” (GMM)

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