On the whole Perez fitness remark from Whitmarsh, i can't find any quotes from him or Mclaren that refers directly to his fitness, let alone it being a problem. I suspect it was started by Andrew Benson using a quote from Whitmarsh and taking it out of context (from the BBC website) http://www.bbc.co.uk...rmula1/20403485
Perez, 22, has recently conducted a fitness test to which McLaren submit all their drivers and it proved he is a long way short of the physical condition of Hamilton and his team-mate Jenson Button. Whitmarsh admitted in an interview with the official F1 website that Perez had a lot of preparation work to do before the start of the 2013 season in Australia in March next year. "I am not worried about him. We have the winter to prepare him," Whitmarsh said.
But when you refer to said interview ( http://www.formula1....2/11/14037.html
) Whitmarsh was replying to a series of questions about the pressure
Perez will have to cope with, not his fitness levels.
Q: With Hamilton you banked on an inexperienced driver and hit the jackpot. Will the same happen with Sergio Perez? Do you have a passion for giving rather inexperienced drivers a chance?
WM: Yes, we do. Some of the greatest moments in my life I’ve had when working with Mika (Hakkinen) when he was young. And we won the world championship with Mika. And with Lewis, when he was young, so I am excited. It is a risk taking on a young driver. Bear in mind that when we took on Lewis he was the same age as Sergio is today and he was incredibly young, incredibly raw and incredibly talented. Now when Sergio gets to Australia in 2013 he will arrive with the kind of pressure that he can’t imagine right now. If you are a Ferrari or McLaren driver the scrutiny you are going to have is probably greater than a Red Bull driver and certainly more than Mercedes or any other team. At the first race, if he is not on the first two rows and fighting for a win the pressure will start to ramp. He doesn’t know that yet…
Q: But you yourself will also have to be prepared for the pressure, as it will also be the time to question your decision…
MW: Of course it will. I have the good fortune - or bad fortune - to be considerably older and I am used to such situations. (laughs) I have read my obituary a number of times and I can handle that, so I am not worried about me. I am also not worried about him. We have the winter to prepare him…
I think this might just be a case of a journalist using "creative freedom". Maybe there is some quotes out there in which Martin or someone from Mclaren does refer to Perez fitness but i am yet to come across it. Anyway, this is a bit OT from Jenson Button!