The relationship between Sergio Perez and McLaren has grown sour this week as the Mexican openly criticised them and the Woking-based team look set to replace him with rookie driver Kevin Magnussen.
Some believe that this is a bold and brave move for the team, due to the lack of experience that Magnussen has, but the reality is that Perez has not made much of an impression in the team.
Jenson Button, who McLaren acknowledge is not the fastest driver on the grid, has out-qualified Perez more times this season, and he has also scored 25 more points.
But the Mexican does not seem to be going down without a fight, he believes that the 2013 season has been the worse of his career. The 23-year-old has been quoted as saying that it has been the worse season for McLaren and it was difficult for him to show his potential “with a car that bad.”
However, McLaren do not look set to make an announcement about Perez’s future before Austin this weekend. The circuit is a mere 250 miles from Mexico, making it Perez’s home race.
Brazil’s Totalrace quote the Mexican as saying:
"I'm very disappointed. I believe that when your goals are much higher than their results, you get disappointed. And that goes for both parties.
"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 reality.
“During the season, being a great team, McLaren took a long time to see the reality of where we were, which was scoring points on a good weekend, and not to win races. The team took to realise it."
However Perez did make it clear that he was not pinning the blame on team principal, Martin Whitmarsh.
"I think Martin is a great leader, I have nothing (bad) to say about him. He is a great leader and led the team in a good way. But a team does not depend on a head”
With the Mexican’s future at McLaren seemingly closer to coming to an abrupt end, his choices for next year are slim. Currently, Force India appears to be his best hope.
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