Photo: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Media
Photo: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Media

Sergio Perez labelled his Saturday qualifying as “the worst I’ve ever had” after lining up 12th, but to be honest, the entire weekend was one to forget.

He aptly recreated the retirement of Lewis Hamilton in 2007 by beaching his McLaren in the pitlane entrance on Friday. We’re pretty sure that’s not what Martin Whitmarsh meant when he said he wanted the Mexican to emulate the Brit. Coupled wth a few more ragged laps and offs, he just didn’t get the McLaren where he wanted it ready for qualifying.

In the race he tried his usual strategy of making the tyres last as long as possible and went for a two-stop effort. This put him out of sync with everyone else, and also made him slow. His robust defence from Raikkonen drew the critics, but he had every right to close the door, and Kimi should really know better.

The sad thing is, Sergio has now had the worst start to a McLaren career since Michael Andretti in 1993. While the American did eventually recover to score a podium, he was dropped after 13 races. Could Perez end up in the same boat? Stranger things have happenend…