McLaren pondering between Perez and Magnussen for 2014

7 November, 2013

Sergio Perez future uncertain

Sergio Perez future uncertain

In light of conflicting reports about their 2014 F1 driver line-up, McLaren insists it is yet to decide who Jenson Button’s teammate will be.

A week ago, in Abu Dhabi, it appeared that the British team was about to confirm what it had described as the most likely outcome – keeping Mexican Sergio Perez on board for a second season.

Sporting director Sam Michael had said Perez is “driving well” in the second half of this season”, while Button said the 23-year-old “deserves” to stay put for 2014.

But, early this week, a conflicting report in the Telegraph suggested the Woking based team could in fact oust Perez and replace him with the McLaren-backed youngster – and new Formula Renault 3.5 champion – Kevin Magnussen.

A McLaren spokesman told us late on Wednesday: “We’ll make the announcement as and when we’re ready to do so, but we haven’t yet made our selection.” (GMM)

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  • Spartacus

    I’d love to see Perez driving quickly and proving he’s worthy of a McLaren drive, but at the moment he’s not really giving Button a run for his money. And on that basis he can’t stay at McLaren; they need someone else.

    Therefore, it’s either Magnussen or, as someone else here suggested, Massa. Massa would bring the money; something that I’m sure is the real challenge with dropping Perez.

  • Yp

    Hasn’t Checo out qualified Button the last 6 times?
    He’ll only be better next year aswell, I say definitely keep him.

  • stoner

    First of all don’t compare with Jenson, he is a average driver, below par in qualifying, okay on a Sunday, while on the other hand comparing Perez with Jenson is the talk of the averages, Perez was said to be fast but he isn’t, there are other drivers on the grid and outside who can do a better job than both of them, also it explains why McLaren is having the worst championship year ever.

  • Fletcher

    Personally I think he will be announced they will keep him for next year at COTA. If they do drop him that would be pretty F**cked up since now all the good seats are taken.

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