Pérez 'desperate' for maiden F1 victory
13 March 2013 – McLaren's Sergio Pérez says he is desperate to achieve his maiden Formula 1 victory this season. The Mexican, who switched to the Woking-based squad from Sauber, has set his sights on the top step of the podium after two narrow misses in 2012.
Having finished a close second in Malaysia last year, Pérez also came within five seconds of victory in Canada. However, during his first season with a front-running team, the 23-year-old is eager to not let such opportunities slip through his hands.
"As a Formula 1 driver you dream about winning your first race, you dream about it all your life," Pérez told reporters. "I have no idea what it feels like. But I have to be honest, I am desperate to know. I have not won a race yet and I am desperate to get a win.
"My target is to beat Jenson [Button] and all the others. The most important thing for us is to bring the team up and during the season to have a strong car. The target is to be consistent, no matter where we start from in Australia, or where we end up."
Pérez added that his adaptation to McLaren has been better than expected, putting him in a positive frame of mind ahead of the opening race on Melbourne's streets.
"We have done an incredible amount of work," he explained. "My adaptation to the team has been very good. We have got a lot of information so there has been a lot of communication with my engineers, which will help a lot. It has gone better than I expected. We will see when we start racing but we have done a good job so far."