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Perez hopes McLaren has 'turned the corner'

ESPN Staff
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McLaren has had a disappointing start to the season, scoring just 23 points so far © Sutton Images
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Sergio Perez says he hopes McLaren has "turned the corner" after its disappointing start to the season.

The MP4-28 has proven a difficult car for the team to work with, with ride issues accentuated on the bumpy Albert Park circuit at the first race of the season. In the following three races McLaren has made steady progress - Jenson Button finished fifth in China while Perez was sixth in Bahrain - and Perez said he hopes even better performances will follow having settled in well with his new team.

"It has been great getting to know the whole team - the experience has been all I thought it would be, and more," Perez said. "Everyone has treated me so well and I feel like I have settled in great. After a tough start to the season, we are all united to get this team back where it belongs at the front of the grid. Hopefully, we have turned the corner now."

With the European season starting with the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend, Perez also said that he enjoys racing at the historic tracks on the calendar.

"It's something I'm looking forward to because Europe is really the home of Formula 1 - the circuits have a lot of history. Tracks like Monaco, Silverstone, Spa and Monza have been on the calendar since Formula 1 started in 1950 - I think it's great that we still have those circuits that represent the sport and all its history. We can never lose them."