Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 10 views remaining

You have read 10 stories this month. After 20, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 30 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 20 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 30 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.

Andrew Van de Burgt
Editor in Chief

autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
F1 NEWS 

Sergio Perez 'could win first race' at McLaren - Martin Whitmarsh

Sergio Perez Sergio Perez will be able to fight for race victories right from the start of the 2013 season, according to McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh.

The Mexican, who made his grand prix debut with Sauber at the start of last season, will be the man replacing Lewis Hamilton after the Briton decided to move to Mercedes from 2013.

Despite his lack of experience, Whitmarsh reckons McLaren can make Perez a winner from the get-go next year with an intense preparation programme.

"I think Sergio is very young. We hope to have a very busy winter with him and prepare him. I don't see, if we do a good enough car, why we can't turn up at the first race in Australia vying for a win," Whitmarsh told a Vodafone phone-in on Wednesday.

"I don't think he will consider himself an apprentice. I think he will be a quick learner, but time will tell on this. But we are optimistic and ambitious for next year."

Although Perez has been on the podium three times with the Sauber, Whitmarsh believes there is still a lot more potential to extract from the Mexican driver, which is why he was chosen over other men like Paul di Resta.

"Obviously we considered a number of options," Whitmarsh said when asked why McLaren chose Perez over di Resta or Nico Hulkenberg.

"He's had some giant-killing podium performances this year, so I think it was really just watching him on the circuit, his attitude, he is a very intelligent and humble individual and we think that he has a greater potential than he has shown so far."

  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the autosport.com shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
  FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON
FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON TWITTER
Paddock insight from group F1 editor Jonathan Noble
Grand Prix news updates from F1 editor Edd Straw
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed
  RELATED STORIES
Perez: McLaren talks began 'weeks ago'
Haymarket