WOKING, Inglaterra (AP) — Aunque todavía no gana una sola carrera en la Fórmula Uno, el piloto mexicano Sergio Pérez cree que puede luchar por el campeonato mundial en 2013 en su primera temporada con la escudería McLaren.

Pérez fue presentado el miércoles a los empleados de la escudería en su sede en Inglaterra, y demostró enorme confianza sobre sus posibilidades en el campeonato de este año.

"Mi meta no es simplemente sumar puntos o podios", dijo el oriundo de Guadalajara, de 23 años, y quien ha manejado en 37 carreras en la Fórmula Uno con la escudería Sauber. "Quiero ganar, ganar el campeonato. Cuando vienes a McLaren, tienes la oportunidad de hacer eso".

"Checo" Pérez manejó dos temporadas con Sauber antes de irse a McLaren para reemplazar a Lewis Hamilton, quien ahora manejará por Mercedes. Pérez logró tres podios en 2012, cuando se metió a los 10 primeros puestos de la clasificación con 66 puntos.

Pérez busca ser el primer mexicano que gana un Gran Premio de Fórmula Uno desde Pedro Rodríguez en 1970.

El piloto recibió una ovación cuando fue presentado al personal de McLaren.

"Todavía no me lo creo, que voy a manejar por el mejor equipo del mundo, porque ustedes son el mejor equipo. Quizás necesite algo de tiempo", señaló. "Estoy realmente motivado, ya quiero empezar y esta es una gran oportunidad para demostrar lo que puedo hacer en un equipo de primer nivel".

La temporada comienza el 17 de marzo en Australia.

Loading Slideshow...
  • F1 Grand Prix of USA - Qualifying

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 17: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during qualifying for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1-ABU-DHABI

    Force India's German driver Nico Hulkenberg, Force India's Scottish driver Paul di Resta and Sauber's Mexican driver Sergio Perez touch wheels after the start of the during at the Yas Marina circuit on November 4, 2012 in Abu Dhabi during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Previews

    ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 01: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 talks to the media during previews for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 1, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix Of India - Qualifying

    NOIDA, INDIA - OCTOBER 27: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during qualifying for the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit on October 27, 2012 in Noida, India. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix Of India - Practice

    NOIDA, INDIA - OCTOBER 26: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during practice for the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit on October 26, 2012 in Noida, India. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix Of India - Practice

    NOIDA, INDIA - OCTOBER 26: Esteban Gutierrez (L) of Mexico and Sauber F1 talks with fellow countryman Sergio Perez (R) as he prepares to drive during practice for the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit on October 26, 2012 in Noida, India. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix Of India - Practice

    NOIDA, INDIA - OCTOBER 26: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during practice for the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit on October 26, 2012 in Noida, India. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-IND-F1

    Sauber-Ferrari driver Sergio Perez of Mexico sits in his race car in the pit garage during the second practice session of The Buddh International circuit in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi on October 26, 2012 ahead of the Formula One Indian Grand Prix 2012. The Formula One Indian Grand Prix 2012 will take place on October 28. AFP PHOTO/ Punit PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-KOR-F1

    Course crews remove Sauber's driver Sergio Perez of Mexico race car after it suffered engine problems during the second practice session of the Formula One Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam on October 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Korea - Practice

    YEONGAM-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 12: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during practice for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 12, 2012 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Korea - Practice

    YEONGAM-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 12: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during practice for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 12, 2012 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Korea - Practice

    YEONGAM-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 12: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during practice for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 12, 2012 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Korea - Practice

    YEONGAM-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 12: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during practice for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 12, 2012 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-KOR-F1

    Sauber-Ferrari driver Sergio Perez of Mexico is seen in the pit during the first practice session of the Formula One Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam on October 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Japan

    SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 spins off during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 7, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Korea - Practice

    YEONGAM-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 12: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during practice for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 12, 2012 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-KOR-F1

    Sauber-Ferrari driver Sergio Perez of Mexico walks at the paddock of the Korean Circuit in Yeongam on October 11, 2012 one day before the start of the Formula One Korean Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • AUTO-PRIX-KOR-F1

    Sauber-Ferrari driver Sergio Perez of Mexico dances 'Gangnam Style' as he walks at the paddock of the Korean Circuit in Yeongam on October 11, 2012 one day before the start of the Formula One Korean Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Japan

    SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 spins off during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 7, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Japan

    SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 spins off during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 7, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Japan

    SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 is seen before the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 7, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-JPN-F1

    Sauber-Ferrari driver Sergio Perez of Mexico (L) signs his autograph for fans as he arrives at the paddock during the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit on October 6, 2012. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • AUTO-PRIX-JPN-F1

    Sauber-Ferrari driver Sergio Perez of Mexico (R) walks with Sauber-Ferrari driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan (L) after the qualifying session of the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit on October 6, 2012. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Japan - Qualifying

    SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 06: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during qualifying for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 6, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Japan - Qualifying

    SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 06: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during qualifying for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 6, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Japan - Practice

    SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 05: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 attends the drivers briefing following practice for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 5, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Japan - Practice

    SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 05: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during practice for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 5, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Japan - Practice

    SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 05: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during practice for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 5, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)