Perez: My future is looking better than it was looking a couple of days ago
22 November, 2013
Mexican driver Sergio Perez believes that he now has a “95 percent chance” of staying in Formula 1 next season in the wake of being dropped by McLaren after just a single season with the team.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit on Thursday, Perez said that his prospects of finding another drive for 2014 had improved in the last few days.
“It’s 95 [percent] that I will be here. The other five… everything can change in Formula 1 but I am feeling confident [that] I will be here next year,” said the 23-year-old, who moved to McLaren from Sauber at the end of 2012.
“All I can say is that my future is looking in a better position than it was looking a couple of days ago.”
McLaren told Perez shortly before last weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix in Austin that he is being replaced next season by 21-year-old Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen.
The decision took the Mexican by surprise. He said in Texas that the timing, so late in the year, had left him in a difficult position.
However McLaren principal Martin Whitmarsh told reporters in Austin that he had recommended the driver, who has backing from Mexican phone company Telmex, to both the Force India and Lotus teams.
“I am trying to help him get a drive. He deserves to be in Formula 1,” Whitmarsh had said. “He is an exciting driver but we saw such great potential in Kevin that we decided to sign him.”
A return to Sauber is a possibility for the Mexican, with that team already having Mexican sponsors and compatriot Esteban Gutierrez racing for them this season.
Sauber, Force India and Lotus have all yet to confirm their lineups, as have lowly Caterham and Marussia.
“Nothing is signed yet but we are much more advanced, we have better options than we had at Austin,” said Perez. “I have to sit down with my management, my people, Telmex, to decide which one is the best option for us.
“Everything happens for a reason and I’m very confident that in one year’s time I will be here telling you that it was the best thing that happened to me to leave McLaren. I hope I can tell you this.” (Reuters)
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