Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren’s Team Principal has released a short statement in answer to Sergio Perez’s announcement that he will not drive for the Woking-based outfit in 2014.
Whitmarsh has applauded Perez’s team spirit during a difficult season and wished the 23-year-old – who only joined the team this year – well with his future.
“First of all, we would like to thank Checo for his kind and gracious statement, and for being a fine team member during the 2013 Formula 1 season. There are still two grand prix yet to run this year, and our collective focus is on scoring as many points as we can in those two remaining races.
“Checo has made many friends during his time at McLaren – and, together, as a team, we intend to do our utmost to help him finish his year with us with two good results, especially here in Austin, where he has so many fans. We wish him well for the future, and are sure that he will have many successes ahead of him.
The McLaren boss discounted claims that the team has already signed a replacement for the Mexican, with many high-profile sources insisting that Kevin Magnussen will partner Jenson Button at the team in 2014.
“As regards our driver line-up for next year, no 2014 deal has yet been signed with any driver except Jenson, and we therefore have nothing further to announce at this time. As and when that situation progresses, we will make a further announcement accordingly.”
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