Pérez targets title in maiden McLaren season
13 November 2012 – Sergio Pérez is to push for the world title when he joins McLaren at the start of next season. The Mexican, who will in 2013 begin his third F1 campaign, finished GP2 runner-up before joining Sauber where he has now clinched three podium finishes.
Pérez switches to McLaren as Lewis Hamilton moves on to Mercedes. Although he is yet to score for Sauber since signing the new contract and many are linking this to the pressure generated by the Woking connection, he remains fully confident.
“My target straight away is to win the World Championship,” he told CNN. “I need to get wins to do that. I know it will be very hard to win the championship, but it's the challenge I want.”
Moving on to discuss the Hamilton departure, Pérez added:
“For sure, I've got big shoes to fill. I rate him very highly and he's maybe the fastest out there. It's going to be tough to follow what he did.”
Jenson Button will race alongside Pérez, beginning what will be his fourth season with McLaren after moving from title-winning Brawn at the end of 2009.