Not even a miracle would not help McLaren to make their way back to the front of the Formula 1 field in the immediate future, admitted the team’s new team driver Sergio Perez.
Just as the young Mexican arrived at Woking to replace Lewis Hamilton, the great British team faltered with its 2013 car, and currently is ranked behind not only the four big teams but also the similarly Mercedes-powered Force India.
Asked about the chance of a good result at Silverstone late this month, Perez admitted: “There is nothing that can save us; not rain, not a miracle,” he is quoted in a French-language report by the Agence France-Presse news agency.
The 23-year-old admitted that his season so far – his first with a big team – has been “frustrating”.
“It’s not the year I wanted. Last year, at this time, I had more points [at Sauber],” said Perez. “The [McLaren] car has so many problems, and we are so far behind that there is not a single issue that we can focus on.”
He said that he is hoping to “at least be on a podium” at some point in 2013, adding: “At the moment, we cannot even think about it.”
Perez also dismissed recent criticism of his driving, such as comments made in Monaco where Kimi Raikkonen sugested that the Mexican “should be punched in the face”, after the two collided.
“I’m not in F1 to not be criticised, or to please everyone,” he insisted.
“I am in F1 to fight for my team. If that attracts criticism for me, then I don’t care.” (GMM)
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