Sergio Perez has all but confirmed his decision to leave McLaren at the end of the 2013 season, after slating the Great British team in the build-up to this weekend’s USA Grand Prix.
On Monday, many well-placed publications confirmed young Dane Kevin Magnussen will be replacing Perez for 2014 after just one year at McLaren.
Most believe the reason why McLaren have not made it official is because of the importance of this weekend’s race in Austin - in effect the ‘home’ race of Perez being less than 400km from his native Mexico.
The 23-year-old has hinted bad news is coming, earlier at a sponsor event in Mexico City he described 2013 as 'the most disappointing season of my career'.
With EFE news agency quoting Perez as saying 'this is probably the worst season in history' for the McLaren team, claiming it was near impossible to show his potential 'with a car that bad'.
Now Checo is going further, speaking to Brazil’s Totalrace he said: ”I’m very disappointed.
“I think when your goals are much higher than your results, you get disappointed. And that goes for both sides.
“It’s a great team, I have no doubt of it, with a very capable crew, but I think it lacked organisation and a little bit of humility to face the reality,” Perez continued.
“During the season, being a great team, McLaren took a long time to recognise the reality of where we were, which was scoring points on a good weekend, and not winning races.
“The team took time to realise it,” he added.
However Perez is not blaming team boss Martin Whitmarsh for the team’s troubled season.
“I think Martin is a great leader, I have nothing (bad) to say about him. But a team does not depend only on the leader, it depends on many things that were not good enough,” said Perez.
So with the Mexican seemingly about to become one of the hottest properties on the driver market, many are already linking Checo to Force India likely replacing Paul di Resta.
“I have to see what is the best option for the future,” he said. “Before anything else, I support my country and that is what keeps me going forwards.”
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