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Sergio Perez overawed by early days at McLaren

Published on Jan 10, 2013 6:17 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Mexican driver Sergio Perez admitted that he will need time to adapt to life at McLaren after addressing the British team's workforce for the first time on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old, brought in to replace the Mercedes-bound Lewis Hamilton, visited the team's headquarters in the southern English town of Woking and spoke to the 550 members of staff working there.

Perez had previously visited the McLaren Technology Centre to get his seat fitted and work with a simulator, but he admitted he was still pinching himself about joining the team.

"It is going to take some getting used to," Perez, who is paired up with Jenson Button, told Britain's Press Association. "It's certainly not hit me yet, to realise I am driving for the best team in the world, that you are part of the best team. It might take me some time.

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