The legendary British team McLaren are currently experiencing their worst season since 1980. Their car, the MP4-28 has proven to be nowhere near as competitive as its predecessor which was a machine that challenged for the championship. Sergio Perez was signed for the 2013 season to replace Lewis Hamilton but has struggled to meet the objectives the team have set him and has been unable to match his teammate. It has been speculated for days, but now it is official. Sergio Perez is to leave McLaren.
Via Twitter Perez announced his departure from the top team after only a year. “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 historical team.” He goes on to assure his fans that he will do his best in the remaining two races of the 2013 season. Earlier in the week Perez criticised McLaren for the way they have operated this year. “If I’m here next year there should be more organisation and many more times humility when facing reality.”
McLaren have announced officially that Perez is to be replaced by Kevin Magnussen, a talented 21 year old who has just won the Renault 3.5 championship and is also part of McLaren’s young driver program. He will partner Jenson Button for the 2014 season. Magnussen has already proven to be faster than Sergio Perez in the British teams simulator and is described by team principle, Martin Whitmarsh, as being “lightning quick.”