Sergio Perez has felt the added pressure of stepping up the F1 grid for 2013.
Formerly the surprise podium-getter in a Sauber, the 23-year-old has now been signed up by McLaren, to replace the ultra high-profile Lewis Hamilton.
“Of course the pressure is higher now,” the Mexican is quoted by Speed Week, as he represented his new employer at the Geneva motor show.
“But I have no problems with it. “Anyone who can’t handle pressure should not sign for McLaren,” added Perez.
According to most pundits, Perez has had a mixed first winter with the famous British team, complaining about “extreme” tyre degradation and a difficulty adjusting to the new MP4-28.
“Of course I would have liked to collect more information before going to Australia,” he admitted. “Some days it was cold and really difficult to learn about the car,” said Perez.
“But I don’t know anyone in the pitlane who had carefree winter testing. So it’s the same for everyone, not a disadvantage for us.”