Hulkenberg doesn't bring anything that Perez already brings. The only reason we haven't really seen it this year is due to the car they've both been given.
I don't think you can always have a winning car. McLaren have to be regarded as the second best F1 team even now, if you're to take consistency over a couple of decades. Perez is very lucky to be in a McLaren so early in his career. The car he has underneath him at the moment, is not worse than what he had last year. I'm not commenting on the technicality of things, but in general the McLaren is the 5th best car this year, while the Sauber was the fifth best car last year on race days that the Mercedes was off it. The difference between Perez last year and Perez this year is that he's against a far more consistent team mate and one of the best drivers in the world. Last year, he was up against a bit of an enigma in Kobayashi, who was either brilliant, or in the walls.
Hulkenberg has got 17 points this year to Perez 18.
Hulkenberg has finished in the points five times.
Hulkenberg has one DNF which wasn't his fault.
He's finished just outside the points thrice.
It's an extremely consistent score up to now and it shows that he's getting everything out of the car.
Perez has officially finished all the races.
He's finished in the points five times.
Perez has no DNF's but I grant him DNF's in Monaco and UK.
He's finished just outside the points on five occasions.
It's not a McLaren standard car, but Jenson has finished in the points 9 times and just outside once.
I don't think I can compare Hulkenberg to Gutierrez because he's a rookie and from the looks of it, not a bright one yet. But, the McLaren has been a far better car than the Sauber this year and Perez has just one point more.
Hulkenberg is far more consistent than Perez. He has much better spatial awareness when he's racing wheel to wheel and there's no evidence to suggest that he doesn't have pace over one lap.
There's no question in my opinion atleast that at this stage, Hulkenberg is by far the better driver and that McLaren signed Perez too early.
Edited by Schuttelberg, 13 September 2013 - 08:32.