F1 » Official: Perez out at McLaren

Sergio Perez: It has been an honour for me to have been in one of the most competitive teams in the sport and I do not regret even a bit having joined them.

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November 13, 2013 7:36 PM

Perez has been unlucky this year to have had a bad car. That said if you look at his record in the junior categories and also his two years at sauber he has not been very convincing. If F1 didn't switch to Pirelli's clown rubber I doubt he would have got any podiums at all. I have followed every practice session of every race this year, Perez has on average been 3 tenths slower than Button all year. McLaren need someone faster simple as that.


November 13, 2013 7:47 PM

@hairy, agree with everything you said, tyre management not out and out speed were the only reason he was able to have those races in 2012. To be out qualified by Button, who is not a good qualifier as well as Kobayashi last year, indicates his true potential. The only surprise for me is that McLaren signed him in the first place.


November 13, 2013 8:23 PM

I do not rate Perez very high, but I find very unprofessional to dissmiss a driver after just one year in a POS car. He should have been given the opportunity to show his "potential" next year with a new car in a new F1. Whos know's how good or bad he could have been in a competitive car. And to those that bash him inferior to Kobayashi, his results where significantly better than his on the same car.
Whatever little respect I had for McLaren is gone now, the way they treat their drivers is borderline unethical. Even worse drivers got a second year on a good car, why not a second chance when on a crappy "POS" car? Way to kick someone while they're down, crappy team, crappy car, crappy leadership equals crappy results.

Mark _

November 13, 2013 8:37 PM

@DJfromTJ - while I do agree with you up to a point there is a lot that we do not know. Maybe he does not provide useful feedback to the engineers? Plus his drop in form started well over a year ago, when his McLaren contract was first announced.


November 13, 2013 8:41 PM

Mclaren need to kick themselves up the behind and start getting decent results. However Button has as team mate needs to be able to set up a car well, or drive around difficult chassis issues.
Magnussen comes with talent...and money in quantity.
Hulkenberg has talent, brains, experience but needs paying...................make the right choice Martin please.


November 13, 2013 8:45 PM

Still got to feel sorry for Perez. One year isnt really enough to establish oneself particularly in a rubbish car.

Though the deal was done with Magnussen ? Should be Hulkenberg though.

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