In an interview with the official Formula One website Mexican Sergio Perez explains how after he has ditched by McLaren, Force India was his first choice.

After impressing everyone in his two years at Sauber which saw him make the podium three times in 2012, many were excited to see what the Mexican could do in a car that should be fighting for wins. This wasn't the case when McLaren rolled out a much slower car than expected at the start of the year, from there it was always going to be an uphill battle.

McLaren dropped Perez in favour of rookie Kevin Magnussen, this left Perez without a drive for 2014 until Force India opened negotiations.   

Perez explained in depth about how the negotiations went.

He told F1.com: "The discussions with Sahara Force India started around the time of the race in Austin. I attended a couple of meetings and held several telephone conferences before everything came to a positive agreement."

The deal wasn't officially announced until December 10th. 

The pressure was always going to on Perez after filling the void that Lewis Hamilton left, although things didn't go to plan many feel as if dropping Perez was the wrong move. McLaren have a history of dropping a driver on the back of a rough season. 

The 23-year-old does not hold any resentment towards his former team and brands his season in Woking as a "learning path".

"It has been a very important learning path in my career," he added. "I don't regret anything: McLaren is a great team and I will always respect them. Unfortunately, for various reasons, the season did not go as expected and we ended up without a podium."

Looking ahead to 2014 Force India look to have one of the most competitive line ups on the grid with Perez and Force India returnee Nico Hulkenberg, Perez is highly motivated for the year ahead.

He said: "Nico is a very competitive and experienced driver. He has also been with Force India before. I hope to learn as much from him as I can and I'm definitely looking forward to racing next to him. I am sure we will have a great - and successful - season together."


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