Sergio Perez of Mclaren has announced his departure from the team at the end of the season in a message on his Twitter account. The Mexican has been a part of the team for this season after an impressive 2012 season with Sauber, where he scored three podium finishes and a top-10 position in the standings.
After a difficult year at Mclaren with an uncompetitive car, however, the team and Perez have decided to part ways.
Perez has struggled to match teammate Jenson Button on a regular basis. With 33 points so far this season, Perez is some way off Button’s 60, and Mclaren have been swift to criticize Perez’s lack of impressive form. A high point came three weeks ago at the Indian Grand Prix when Perez finished a commendable fifth after a tough battle with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton late in the race. Nevertheless, Mclaren felt it was time to move on.
This deal comes at a time of complete confusion in the driver market. With three important drivers now up for a new seat, much is left to finalize as the season comes to a close. It also leaves the way open for Kevin Magnussen. The 21-year old is the team’s reserve driver, and has been a part of the team’s young driver scheme for two years now.
After winning the Formula Renault 3.5 title a month ago, Magnussen has been at almost all of the races with Mclaren, getting a feel for how the team works at a race weekend. No formal contract with Magnussen is signed yet, but it is understood that the Dane has been chosen by the team for the race seat.
Perez was classy in his remarks on Twitter, saying in a letter he posted online that he will always be a fan of Mclaren, and has appreciated the generosity of the team during what was a difficult year.