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Coming off a solid, if unspectacular, rookie season in 2011, Sergio Perez thrust himself on the F1 consciousness by chasing Fernando Alonso home at the Malaysian Grand Prix in March. The Mexican could feasibly have won the race had it not been for a minor mistake in the closing laps that forced him to race back onto Alonso’s tail, and he instantly became the favourite to partner the Spaniard at Maranello in 2013. Similar performances in Canada and Italy confirmed Perez’s potential amongst other results limited by Sauber’s performance and, by Singapore, he was confirmed as on the move for next season. However, having signed to replace Lewis Hamilton at McLaren, the Mexican’s season went into something of a tailspin, as if he was trying to hard to justify the move, and he failed to add to his tally over the last six races, just holding onto a top ten spot in the standings.