Sergio Perez takes to the Top Gear track in the McLaren P1

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Sergio Perez takes to the Top Gear track in the McLaren P1

Both Jenson Button and Sergio Perez have been integral to the design and engineering process of McLaren's upcoming P1 so it seems only fair the Formula 1 racers get to drive it first.

The video below shows Perez clambering inside the low-slung cockpit and stretching the legs of the hypercar around Top Gear's famous Dunsfold test circuit.

It's not only a good chance to hear the car scream down the straights but it's also a great opportunity to listen to the professional racer wax lyrical about the P1's prowess.

According to Checo, it's the closest he's come to driving a Formula 1 car without actually clambering into the cramped cockpit of the elite race cars.

But then he would say that, he did help design it.