British media convinced Magnussen to replace Perez, but McLaren remains tight lipped
12 November, 2013
Headlines in the British media are declaring that Sergio Perez’s tenure with McLaren is over, and although this appears to be probable, the truth is that nothing has been announced as yet.
Despite this, supposedly respectable publications and journalists are freely reporting as fact that Kevin Magnussen has been signed to join the team for 2014 and beyond.
Perez who appeared at a media function in Mexico, was not allowed to answer questions about his future during his appearance in front of local press.
Nevertheless he did use to the opportunity to bemoan his plight, “This is the most difficult and disappointing year in my career. Before signing with McLaren I had the option of going to other teams and decided on them because historically they have been a team that is always in the top spots. In a bad season they would still make five or six podiums.
“When I arrived and drove the car we had thought it would get better, but it did not, and thus it has been a very frustrating season where the results were hard to come by. It’s probably the worst season in the history of McLaren and I happen to be there,” lamented Perez.
The Mexican earlier in the season was critical of the situation at Woking, “It’s not the year I wanted. Last year, at this time, I had more points [at Sauber]. The [McLaren] car has so many problems, and we are so far behind that there is not a single issue that we can focus on.”
In June, Martin Whitmarsh said on the occasion of the launch of the Spanish version of the McLaren website, “Checo has very quickly become a key part of our team, and it is fantastic news for his fans, and Spanish-speaking F1 fans in general, that [our website] is now fully operational in Spanish.”
Meanwhile talented Danish driver Magnussen stepped into the limelight after an impressive Young Driver Test at Silverstone in July where he topped the timing sheets on the opening day. Going faster than Force India regular Paul di Resta and highly touted Antonio Felix da Costa in the all conquering Red Bull RB9.
Shortly after the test Magnussen declared on the McLaren website, “I’m very proud about my record in 2013. Now the aim is for Formula 1 next year. That’s what I’ve been aiming at for a long time. The time is now – I’m as ready as you can get.”(GP247)
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