Formula 1

Perez deserves McLaren seat for 2014 - Button

Perez has matched his vastly more respected team-mate in 2013 (©GettyImages)
Perez has matched his vastly more respected team-mate in 2013 (©GettyImages).

Sergio Perez deserves to be retained by McLaren for 2014, that is the claim of his team-mate Jenson Button.

The Mexican is yet to be confirmed for 2014 despite putting in several good performances in his first season at the team, and several drivers have been linked with his seat including a shock return for Fernando Alonso.

Sporting director Sam Michael said in a teleconference on Thursday: "Checo's pushing very hard at the moment, staying focused, he's driving well, working well with the engineers and ultimately that's what we expect him to do."

It is more likely that the Woking based team will stick with it's current two drivers for 2014, the final year with Mercedes power before Honda return in 2015, and even his team-mate Button is full of praise for the 23-year-old.

"He deserves to be here next year," Briton Button is quoted by F1's official website.

"He is very quick, has good pace and he proved that all weekend in India.

"For the whole team it was a very promising weekend, even more so for Checo and his future in the team."

Indeed Perez's fifth place in New Delhi last weekend was his best result of the season, though he denies that has confirmed his place at the team for a second year.

"I don't think so, because in a team like McLaren, decisions are not made on the basis of one race," he is quoted by f1news.ru.

Perez said any questions about his future should be directed to team boss Martin Whitmarsh.

Another man looking safe for 2014 is Force India's Adrian Sutil, the German returned to F1 with the team after a year out and it appears his backing from computer company Medion will keep him at the team for another year at least.

"I know where I'll be," the German is quoted by Brazil's Totalrace, "but I can't talk about it right now.

"It should not take too long," Sutil added on Thursday, "but we're almost in November, so I can say in a week or two.

"But the important thing is that I know," he said.

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