Sergio Perez was in buoyant mood after his first ever outing in a McLaren at Jerez today.
The Mexican finished the day a modest seventh overall after running 81 laps, but it was all about learning about the car and team, and getting himself comfortable.
In fact Perez wasn’t entirely happy with his seating position, although overall he was delighted with progress.
“It was a very good day in terms of getting into the new office,” he said. “It’s much more different than I expected, just by feeling, by sitting in a different seat it’s so much different that you have to adapt yourself to a different position, different way to hold the steering wheel. Pretty much everything is different from the pedals to the steering wheel, everything is different, so it’s pretty much starting from zero.
“But I think we’re going in the right direction. I’m more happy than I was expecting today, so I think we are definitely going in the right direction. I still need to sort out some things with my seat, with my cockpit, to be a little bit more comfortable.
“It’s not a particular place, it’s pretty much a bit everywhere. I think we’ve got to change some stuff to make it feel more comfortable.”
He was happy with his initial impressions of the car: “I think the feedback is good straight away, since I drove it out of the garage and doing the first laps I knew that this car has good potential.
“We don’t know how competitive we are at all. All I can say is the car feels quite good. We got a lot of work to do in the next five days that we have [in Jerez and Barcelona], and keep our heads on because I think we’re going in the right direction.
“Today was a great day because we managed to do some good programmes, hopefully we can keep doing the same in the next five days and we will be in good shape for the start of the season.”