Pérez: I'm not racing in F1 to be popular
14 June 2013 – Sergio Pérez says he "doesn't care" if his on-track actions lead to criticism during his first season at McLaren, although he admits that being unable to achieve more than low points-scoring results so far this year has left him feeling frustrated.
Having joined McLaren at the end of last year, after two campaigns at Sauber, Pérez immediately stated his intentions to fight for the world title with the Woking-based outfit, but a below-par MP4-28 chassis has not yet yielded a podium finish.
"I feel frustrated," Pérez explained to reporters at a press conference in his home country. "I feel that my performance with McLaren has been good. I have total support from my team – as a driver this is very important, to count on your team's support.
"About the criticism, I believe everyone has their own view. I'm not here to be liked by everyone. I'm in Formula 1 to fight for my team and if that causes criticism I don't care."
Pérez went on to argue that McLaren's 2013 woes boil down to a faulty wind tunnel to circuit correlation, with simulator readings still not matching on-track data.
"I believe that the main problem – and what has caused these results – is the car performance," said Pérez. "In terms of vehicle aerodynamics we have way less than expected. We have a problem with the wind tunnel; it is telling us one thing but the reality on the track is very different, so it's extremely hard to work like that."