Jun.5 (GMM) McLaren is standing firmly behind Sergio Perez, despite fierce criticism from his rivals in the wake of the Monaco grand prix.
Former team driver Kimi Raikkonen said he wanted to punch the young Mexican after their crash in the Principality, but McLaren sporting director Sam Michael said Perez's moves were nothing unusual.
We're full behind Checo as long as he keeps developing.
"It was obviously hard racing, but that's what formula one is meant to be about," he added during a Vodafone phone-in.
Perez has arguably struggled at times under the spotlight for the first time at a top team and amid McLaren's competitive slump, but Australian Michael thinks the former Sauber driver has done "pretty well" alongside the ultra-experienced Button.
"He (Perez) is a talented driver and the way that he's racing at the moment, McLaren support what he's doing," said Michael.
"We're full behind Checo as long as he keeps developing."