Sergio Perez has criticised his McLaren team, stating that the Woking-based outfit has lacked organisation and the humility to accept the reality of their difficult season, which has seen them collect just 95 points in 2013.
Perez’s comments come on the back of a disappointing season, which has seen him fail to impress in the troublesome MP4-28, scoring just 35 points over the course of the year, while his team-mate Jenson Button has racked up 60 points in comparison.
The 23-year-old had seemingly saved his McLaren drive with a fifth placed finish in India – his best of the year – but in the last week the Mexican’s Formula One future has been thrown into doubt, with Kevin Magnussen, the reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion reportedly set to take his place in the team for 2014, although as of yet no deal has been formally confirmed by McLaren.
“I’m very disappointed [with the way this year has gone],” admits Perez, who is quoted by http://www.totalrace.com.br “I believe that when your goals are much higher than the results, you get disappointed – and that goes for both parties.
“McLaren is a great team, I have no doubt about that and it has a lot of very capable people. But this year I think it lacked organisation and a little humility to face reality.
“During the year, being a great team, McLaren took a long time to see the reality in which we were in and that if we scored points it was a good weekend. The team took a long time to realise it.
“I think Martin [Whitmarsh] is a great team principal. I have nothing [bad] to say about him. He is a great leader and led the team in a good way. But a team doesn’t just depend on a good team principal it depends on many things that were not good enough and this was especially so this year.”
With the Mexican’s time at McLaren seemingly up, he will now have to turn his head to securing another drive for 2014, where his financial backing from Carlos Slim may prove to be a benefit in the battle for the final seats on the grid.
“I’m trying to find the best possible option [to continue in F1],” he said. “I have to see what the best option for the future is.”
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