Why Perez is the perfect fit for McLaren

Why Perez is the perfect fit for McLaren

Ferrari said he was not ready for a top team, but rival McLaren has welcomed Sergio Perez with open arms as Lewis Hamilton's replacement from 2013. Adam Cooper explains why the Mexican is an ideal choice for the team

As the dust settled at Monza after the Italian Grand Prix, McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh had a twinkle in his eye. OK, Jenson Button had coasted to a frustrating retirement, but Lewis Hamilton – amid the endless debate about his future at the team – had scored a superb win. And Sergio Perez had stormed to an amazing second place for Sauber…

While his eyes may have given some clues away to those who were on the ball, it was also Whitmarsh's referring to the Mexican as 'Sergio' that was interesting. Not 'Perez', you understand, but 'Sergio'.

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