Sergio Perez, McLaren, Yas Marina, 2013

Perez confirms McLaren exit at the end of the year

2014 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Yas Marina, 2013Sergio Perez has confirmed he will not drive for McLaren in 2014.

Perez joined the team from Sauber at the beginning of the season. McLaren’s development driver and Formula Renault 3.5 champion Kevin Magnussen has been tipped to take his place.

“First of all I would like to thank McLaren for giving me the opportunity to be with them this season,” said Perez in a statement.

“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,” he added. “I am so much looking forward to see all my people gathered together, 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 the marketing, accounting and engineering departments to the mechanics, the cooks, the catering people and basically everyone in the team, I am eternally grateful to them. It has been a learning experience to me.

“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 best position in the best possible package to fight for wins.

“Thanks to McLaren and all of its partners this season, you can rest assured that I will never give up.”

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166 comments on “Perez confirms McLaren exit at the end of the year”

  1. With Grosjean likely stay at Lotus and Button and Magnussen at McLaren, there will be seven seats remaining for 2014 and if Sirotkin joins Sauber then only six. There are eight current drivers without a seat at the moment and there aren’t enough seats for all of them.

  2. I’m really glad that many of the F1Fanatic community feel bad for Perez, because he doesn’t deserve to get the boot. He has been slaughtered for some on the edge moves especially from Raikkonen fans, and has had some flak from the drivers. For me, he has made some brilliant overtakes, been a consistent points-scorer, and pulled off a couple of really good results. I don’t think he’ll have any trouble getting another seat. Force India or a return to Sauber would be suitable.
    As a McLaren fan, I really hope Magnussen (or whoever Perez’s replacement is) can the boost the team are in desperate need of, as I’m starting to doubt if it will come from the other side of the garage.

    1. If hiring PER was a mistake, MAG will be worst. McLaren is the biggest F1 team (at last english team). They need a new HAM (and of course another Newey) in order for Withmarsh not to be remembered as a loser.

        1. @craig-o Let us wait for 2014 and see . What if Mclaren don’t build a good car in 2014 ? what then ? How will Magnussen perform ? It depends a lot on the car as well . This year’s Mclaren just lacked the pace and they couldn’t do much about it .

  3. Wake up call ! So Mclaren is fifth or six in WDC money, looses Vodafone Mercedes sponsorship, pays for 2014 engines ?
    Couldn’t afford Lewis salary offering a cut as well as letting go paddy lowe due not matching salary offer already this yr, let alone couldn’t develop the car properly most likely for lack of funds and already tight for 2014, seems they also need a lot money but will never recognize it public.
    So that means Maldonado will drive for Mclaren till Honda jumps in if it happens.
    Lotus go for Perez/Telmex, Hulk back to FI, Sauber goes Russian and Diresta Goes compete with Webber.

  4. I love the period in the headline. Makes it extra final.
    I think this is the best that could happen for Lotus.

    Because Quantum appears to have leaped, so Hulkenberg is out of the equation.
    And Maldonado is the one whose reprimands excessively eclipse his other achievements. Oh, and his sponsor is in the same industry as Grosjean’s.

    Enter Perez: a sponsor who actually pays, a nice home market and decent drives. I could see that happening.

    1. +1 PVDSA (or whatever it is called, the sponsor of Maldonado) and Total can’t both sponsor the same team so Perez to Lotus seems realistic, but I only heard he is in talks with FI and Sauber so we will see …

    2. The way I could see it working is that Total is Lotus’ fuel provider, which PDVSA wouldn’t be, they’d just be a sponsor. PDVSA were never Williams’ fuel provider either, Total were but without the sponsorship. But indeed it could be awkward.

  5. I’m afraid McLaren took a gamble that just didn’t work. They took Perez in the hope that he was a new star like Raikkonen or Hamilton and with Vodafone disappearing next year they thought that Telmex would jump onboard as well. The car is bad this year so Telmex won’t pump money in the team, and on top of that Perez is not performing like McLaren wanted so now the gamble didn’t pay out they take another gamble with Magnussen

    1. Sorry but he call it quits, Mclaren didn’t drop him and never admit public they done it, gamble was they never tought Checo will drop them so they use that leverage to get urgent sponsorship cash, only problem is it backfire big time ! Only remaining chance is PDVSA McLAREN TOONED

      1. True, Maybe in McLaren rummors had the purpose of putting presure in negotiations with telmex, and Telmex prefer to change strategy leaving the team, with no Vodafone nor Mecedez suply I wonder where are McLaren going to get the money to develop a competitive car. I call it bad strategy.

        1. @paulmaster by which it has to follow that

          a) Mclaren is a sinking ship (I hope they prove me wrong as they are a historical team)
          b)Perez has got a good deal . which means Perez to Lotus ( with more sponsorship) and Hulk back to Force India ? ( while this is comfortable for Perez , it ruins it for Hulkenberg )

  6. I don’t understand why McLaren have shown so little faith in Perez. Ditching him after a single season seems massively premature. He’s been in a new team, with a substandard car, and he’s had a world champion team-mate. He’s scored valuable points for the team, shown an improvement in his racecraft throughout the season and has beaten his team mate both in qualifying and on race day several times. All in all not exactly a disaster. McLaren have been far more disappointing this year from a performance standpoint than Perez.

    I hope he stays in F1. I think he’s got enough talent and potential that he could go on to succeed, but he needs to be given a chance. It’s a pity that he’s going to have to go back to a smaller team so early in his career, and I hope that he can come up the field again but recent history – Kovalainen, Petrov, Glock, Liuzzi – suggests otherwise.

      1. I’m indifferent to this whole Perez/Magnussen issue so let me suggest that since we can all agree that it is a fact he was in his first year in a substandard car, there must be more to it than that. We all agree he, just like JB, was handcuffed to do much, and have been colored by the car, as all drivers are.

        So there must be more to it than just pace, and I suggest it must be about SP’s ability, or lack thereof, to help progress the car. ie. all well and good to feel bad for him because the car sucked, but what did he do to advance the car? Not saying JB did much either, but…

        I also wonder if this is not so much about SP doing something wrong, but more about the greater potential they see in KM for possibly many reasons that are important to the team in the long term.

        I trust that Mac knows what they want from their drivers and why they have gone with KM. It might even be that they felt if they didn’t jump on KM now they might lose him to the competition.

        1. @me262 I think Robbie has a point, there may be more to this than just Sergio’s performance on track. It’ll be a long time before we hear the truth though!

          What you say is intriguing. It’s like McLaren were entering into something that would be analogous to speculative real estate, but with drivers in order to deny certain talented drivers from going to equally large rival teams. However if this were true then they must have been quite confident in Sergio’s ability before they signed him. Magnussen must be something on the level of Vettel/Hamilton/Alonso for Perez to be dropped so readily if true, or there’s more going on behind the scenes as Robbie has suggested. Interesting!

  7. This was expected by many, but not by me. Of course Magnussen is a great driver and has a bright career ahead of him, bot so does Perez. And with three seasons’ experience, one of which with McLaren, the new regulations for 2014 will be easier for Perez to overcome than for Magnussen. Surely, Kevin will start from 0 and won’t have to change his driving style, while Perez might, but Sergio has the bases to turn the car’s development in the right direction. Maybe they thought Button was enough for this, and they wanted to sign Magnussen to steal him from competitors? I think a début season at a lower team would have been better, to give him time to adapt and Perez time to improve.
    If they have actually had talks with Massa, this prompts the question as to whether he would’ve replace Button or Perez. If the former, that means McLaren need an experienced driver and a young one to be helped by him, but replacing him over and over again does not help get the results.
    If the latter, that means they would’ve signed another experienced driver. Then why get rid of Perez for a rookie? Or do they think Massa is faster than Perez and Magnussen?
    Best of luck to Sergio. Like Maldonado, and more than him, he deserves a seat in F1 and he has shown this year again some signs of his great speed. Perhaps his consistency was underestimated against his raw pace, and the opposite has turned out to be true.

    1. It might be that in fact the new regs will be easier for KM to deal with as he won’t know anything different to cloud his mind and body ahead of 2014…at least for the minimal running he’s done in a 2013 car. And you say SP has the basis to turn the car’s development in the right direction, but I wonder if, based on the lack of progress at Mac this season, that is what SP lacks that has Mac going another direction with KM. I acknowledge that JB’s presence has not exactly brought that car up to fighting for podia either, however, he does have the experience of being a WDC on his resume.

  8. This both disappointing for Perez and worrying for McLaren. Rarely a good sign when an organization opts to change personnel that quickly – hope for them it’s only a glitch rather than a pattern. Mind, I didn’t think that hiring him was a good move in the first place – premature. It’ll do him good go back to a team like Sauber and get some more experience.

  9. This is such tripe. Poor Perez, he’s been given a total dog of a car and has taken the fight to JB. Two tyre blow outs cost him more points. Probably threw away 5th at Monaco by trying one too many dives but hey, at least he was trying to race which is what the sport is about. Outraced Button last two GP and looked to be hitting his straps. He should have been given a second season to prove his worth.

    Driver market wise, this makes things incredibly difficult to pick and I have a hunch someone at FI will have to go to make way for a Maldonado/Hulkenburg/Perez. Sauber won’t pair Sirotkin and Gutierez together. Lotus is a straight fight between Hulk and Maldonado. FI like Sutil so I think di Resta could be unlucky and miss out altogether. Stranger things have happened though, Karthikeyan drove in F1 and he was abysmal.

    1. I Agree, he lost some points trying to take McLaren where Belongs first 5 places. But he overtake much more than Button this seasson, he was increasing consistency, pace. Hope he can get Lotus Seat.

  10. I don’t see how di Resta is worse than Perez or Maldonado. The collision at Spa wasn’t his fault. Yes, the following three races were a disaster but the season consists of nineteen races. And Di Resta has been more than decent in most of them. Given how many potential points he lost because of his team’s mistakes during the first half of the year, he has done really well and convincingly outperformed his more experienced team mate, too.

  11. To me, the big picture and concern is the fact that F1 is doing a very poor job of managing itself. The legacy of Ecclestone’s shrewd business practices have permeated way too deep in F1. The richest russian hydrocarbon billionaire will buy seats for his protege’.

    While the pinnacle of motorsport has always been money hungry, for obvious reasons, there is something profoundly amiss with Formula 1 Ethos. This should be the place where, for the most part, racing talent would speak much louder than personal sponsorship.

    I am not sure if F1, with it’s current stakeholders can fix itself and go back to it’s purest mission. Ecclestone’s legacy, such as bribing people like Alain Prost, Eddie Jordan, etc… has brought F1 into disrepute. The knee jerk reaction of sacking Perez is just a symptom of something profoundly wrong with the “sport”

    1. Hm, I honestly don’t know if talent – if there is any substantial difference between the pilots at this level at all – is such a factor. The scope nowadays goes much wider than that. As a driver you do not only need to be a “system manager” rather than a driver, you also need to have PR skills, be diplomatic and all that. Those qualities, plus a whole lot of money to back you up, is what makes you a top F1 driver in this era. Look at Vettel. And Button. And Alonso. Those who slam doors too much, don’t make it in the end. Except Iceman of course, but he just wrecks doors completely, that seems to work as well ;-)

    2. I fail to see how replacing Perez with Magnussen has anything to do with money or rich russian hydrocarbon billionaires buying seats for their protege. The former comes with money, the latter dont, or if any only very limited.

  12. McLaren are once again proving masters of executing the simple things badly.

    They start off the year with a brand new design instead of refining the concept which gave them the fastest car last year. Then boasted about it before it ran on a track.
    They once again failed to understand the tyres, and once again missed the loopholes and design ideas which other teams have exploited.

    They lost their biggest sponsor and enigmatically decided not to announce a replacement until the end of the year, fuelling speculation that no deal was actually signed.

    They told the media button had a job for life, then sort of retracted it, then held off offering him a contact for so long that the press were asking him why no announcement had been made.

    They pushed Perez to race harder, but didn’t give him credit when he did beat button, and left both drivers out to dry with a dog of a car which bounces all over the track and is impossible to handle.

    Now they’ve decided to ditch Perez, but have allowed the announcement to leak out in whispers before his “home” race and basically publically derided their “number one” world champion driver as mediocre along the way to God knows what purpose. Meanwhile they’re publicly chasing a driver whose disloyalty almost shuttered the team and who has done nothing but vehemently expressed his dislike of them ever since he left under a cloud.

    The team boss announces that the new sponsor won’t agree to be unveiled in December as originally planned, but says he hadn’t spoken to his own pr department about the whole thing!

    What ARE these people thinking.

    1. Interesting when it is put this way.

      I don’t have a neutral opinion on the matter at the moment, but I would just like to comment that from what I know, McLaren treated Alonso just as, if not worse, than how he treated them. I guess that just adds on to the point though!

    2. Well said. Perez was definitely right about Mclaren they “lacked organisation and a little bit of humility to face the reality”. Hopefully Honda will bring a much needed revamp to Mclaren

        1. Yeah Honda. You know the same engine manufacturer that with Mclaren won 4 consecutive titles with Prost and Senna…By the way it is very different running a team than being the engine supplier

          1. Of the two, the more recent incarnation is far more relevant.

            Your comment is like saying “Williams will win the championship next year because they had the best car in 92 and 93.”

  13. What a shame, Mclaren took the decision? If Mclaren did, what a stupid decision, he wasn´t good because he didnt had the car to compete! Remember 2012? He was good enough with a SAUBER. He wasn´t able to fight because he had a worse car than the Sauber, and now he´s out of the team?! If I were Whitmarsh, I would allow Perez to take another chance, with a BETTER car.

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