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Sergio Perez seems to have found his groove at McLaren and is giving teammate and 2009 world champion Jenson Button a run for his money.
The Mexican driver, in his debut season with McLaren, upstaged the Briton during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday by qualifying ninth.
"We’ve had a difficult couple of days – I had problems throughout practice – so to get through to Q3 was a great result, and something we really weren’t expecting," Perez said referring to the struggling McLaren.
This was the first time Perez had out-qualified his teammate after Button struggled for grip in his final run in Q2 and failed to make it into the top-ten shootout.
"It felt as though the tyre pressures may have been too high, but to be honest we’re not yet quite sure exactly what happened,” said Button who will start from 14th place on the grid.
The two were locked in a fierce battle at the preceding Bahrain Grand Prix with the pair banging wheels during the race. The pair has since settled the issues that may have aggravated their relationship.
"Congratulations to Checo – he did a great job," said Button who has been with the team since 2010. "He did everything right this afternoon."