Perez wishes McLaren well as he announces his departure from the team
13 November, 2013
Despite having recently looked set for another year with McLaren, Sergio Perez has confirmed that he is leaving the team but is adamant that he has no regrets despite enduring a problematic season with the legendary Woking based outfit.
Perez’s tenure with McLaren beyond 2013 started to look doubtful after the Adu Dhabi Grand Prix, where McLaren made no secret that they would like to promote their highly rated protege Kevin Magnussen to Formula 1 to partner Jenson Button in the team.
Over the past few days media reported that the deal was done with Magnussen signed and Perez shown the door, with the Mexican now releasing a statement confirming that he will not be with McLaren beyond 2013.
The statement by the 23 year old Mexican read: “First of all, I would like to thank McLaren for giving me the opportunity to be with them this season.”
“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. I have always given the best of me for the team and still despite this I could not achieve what I aimed for in this historic team.”
“I am committed to deliver very good results in these last two races, especially in Austin. I am so much looking forward to see all my people gathered there, feel their energy and show them the best of me.”
“I would like to say to every single one of my fans around the world and in my country that I am eternally grateful to them. They have never let me down, especially in difficult moments like these. I truly appreciate their support, they have never forgotten me.”
“I have met a lot of new people at McLaren this season and I have made many good friends as well. From the top management level to marketing, accounting and engineering departments to the mechanics, the cooks, the catering people and basically everyone in the team, I am eternally gratefuly to them. It has been a learning experience to me.”
With his McLaren career just 19 races long, Perez’s 2014 plans to stay on the F1 grid now appear uncertain and thanks to backing from Telmex he has already been linked with seats at Force India, Lotus and even a return to Sauber.
“I would like to wish the team the very best in the future. I will always be a fan of McLaren, in the meanwhile I will be looking at my future to ensure my position in the best possible package to fight for wins,” Perez declared.
“Thanks to McLaren and all its partners for this season, you can rest assured that I will never give up.”
The revelation by Perez appears to have not been expected by McLaren. The team resorted to Twitter with a message from team boss Martin Whitmarsh in which he commented: “We would like to thank Checo for being a fine team member during the 2013 Formula 1 season.”
McLaren are yet to confirm either of their drivers for 2014, but Button has reportedly signed a one-year contract extension, with Magnussen clear favourite to fill the second cockpit with the team.
Perez will contest both the United States Grand Prix and the Brazilian grand Prix for McLaren, before departing. (GP247)
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