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Perez not interested in backmarker seat

Tuesday 19th November 2013

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Perez not interested in backmarker seat

Perez not interested in backmarker seat

Outgoing McLaren driver Sergio Perez has admitted that he isn't interested in joining a constructor at the back of the Formula One grid.

McLaren announced in the lead-up to last weekend's US Grand Prix that the Mexican would be replaced by Formula Renault 3.5 champion Kevin Magnussen.

By his own admission, his sudden departure from the Woking team has put Perez in a difficult position, despite McLaren's efforts to secure him a drive elsewhere on the grid.

However, the 23-year-old isn't interested in taking up a seat just anywhere.

"Yes, it's true they are helping me, but it's also true that right now it's very hard to find a seat that motivates me to stay in Formula 1," said Perez.

"I don't know [about moving to Caterham or Marussia] but I don't want to consider it because I have a lot to offer and going to a team like that would basically make my career stall.

"I would have to find another option."

He added that he would consider racing outside of F1 if he couldn't find a competitive outfit for the 2014 season.

"Right now I haven't considered [racing in another series], but if I have to get to that point, I'll consider it and I want to make a decision in the new few days."

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