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Perez confirms McLaren exit

Wednesday 13th November 2013

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Perez confirms McLaren exit

Perez confirms McLaren exit

Sergio Perez has confirmed that he will be leaving McLaren at the end of this season after just one year with the Woking team.

Joining McLaren at the start of this year, Perez had hoped for race victories and a shot at the World title. Instead the team have struggled with neither the 23-year-old nor his team-mate Jenson Button even claiming a single podium.

And although at one point it appeared as if Perez would stay on for a second season, in recent days various sources have stated that he will be replaced by rookie driver Kevin Magnussen.

"I will be looking at my future to ensure my position in the best possible package to fight for wins..."

Sergio Perez

But while that has yet to be confirmed, Perez has announced that he will be leaving McLaren at the end of this season.

"First of all, I would like to thank McLaren for giving me the opportunity to be with them this season," he said in a statement.

"It has been an honour for me to have been in one of the most competitive teams in the sport and I do not regret even a bit having joined them. I have always given the best of me for the team and still despite this I could not achieve what I aimed for in this historic team.

"I am committed to deliver very good results in these last two races, especially in Austin. I am so much looking forward to see all my people gathered there, feel their energy and show them the best of me.

"I would like to say to every single one of my fans around the world and in my country that I am eternally grateful to them. They have never let me down, especially in difficult moments like these. I truly appreciate their support, they have never forgotten me.

"I have met a lot of new people at McLaren this season and I have made many good friends as well. From the top management level to marketing, accounting and engineering departments to the mechanics, the cooks, the catering people and basically everyone in the team, I am eternally gratefuly to them. It has been a learning experience to me."

The Mexican racer intends seeking a new team for next season, hopeful that he can find a place on the 2014 grid.

"I would like to wish the team the very best in the future. I will always be a fan of McLaren, in the meanwhile I will be looking at my future to ensure my position in the best possible package to fight for wins.

"Thanks to McLaren and all its partners for this season, you can rest assured that I will never give up."

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