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Jenson Button backs Perez to stay in F1

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Jenson Button has called on those teams still with a seat for 2014 to consider his soon-to-be ex-team mate Sergio Perez.

The 2009 champion admitted he was surprised by McLaren’s decision to ditch Perez after just one season at the team in favour for rookie Dane Kevin Magnussen.

The Mexican is now weighing up his options for 2014 inside and outside of F1, on Wednesday a tweet was posted claiming the 23-year-old was set to join Lotus and would be confirmed in Brazil, however, Autosport reported that Checo was also said to be considering a switch to IndyCar.

When asked about Perez, Button described him as a “complete” and “intelligent” driver adding: ”I feel that Checo has learned a lot this year,” he told France’s L’Equipe.

“McLaren did a very good job in providing everything necessary for him to achieve his objectives,” he added. “To absorb everything at once can be very difficult, but Checo was able to do it.”

Then he was asked for his opinion on his future team-mate Magnussen, who will join the team fresh off winning the Formula Renault 3.5 championship this year.

“The decision about who is in the other car is not mine,” said the 33-year-old.

“All I can say is that Checo did a great job this year. Any team with a seat available should consider him, because he is not only fast, he’s also intelligent.

“He is a complete package,” added Button.

This weekend does mark a milestone for Button, he will surpass David Coulthard as the most experienced British driver in F1 history participating in his 247th Grand Prix.

Sadly for the veteran of fourteen seasons is not as excited about breaking the record given McLaren’s woeful year, which is set to be their worst since 1966.

“I am obviously doing something right if I’ve been around that long,” Button is quoted by the Mirror.

“It’s interesting more than anything else. Right now a podium would mean a lot more than reaching 247.”

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