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Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez has confirmed that he will be leaving his seat with British team McLaren F1 at the end of the season, having spent just one year with the team.
And in the wake of Perez’s decision to leave, the team has already announced that they will be replacing him with Danish youngster Kevin Magnussen for the upcoming season as the partner of Englishman Jenson Button.
Perez released a press statement confirming his departure from the team where he stated that he would like to thank the team and everyone associated with it for giving him the opportunity to be with them in 2013. He also added that it had been an honor for him to be a part of one of the most competitive teams in the sport, a team that is steeped in history and he does not regret his decision of joining the team one bit.
He also insisted that he leaves the team with some regret however, having given his all to the cause of McLaren F1; he is leaving with not having achieved the results he had dreamed of with the British team.
Perez joined the team as a partner to Button from Sauber at the end of last season but his showing has been branded as extremely lackluster for a team of its caliber and his future with the team came under immense speculation especially after his poor showing at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
He will take part for the team in the US Grand Prix and the season ending Brazilian Grand Prix and speaking of those two races, Perez stated that he is committed to giving it his all for McLaren F1 in the last two races of the season and he hopes to go out on a high.
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Heikki Kovalainen could make a return to Formula One next season with the Caterham F1 team eager to acquire his services.
The team that is based in Leafield is currently in the process of evaluating the options it has in front of him with a restricting of the back room staff already complete. The team’s current drivers Giedo van der Garde as well as Charles Pic do not have contracts beyond the end of the current season and they have not been invited for contract negotiations as well.
Tony Fernandes, the owner of the team has been in good terms with the Finnish driver with the driver having spent three seasons at the team and according to the Malaysian air tycoon, there is a chance that the driver could return to Caterham F1 for the new season.
When asked whether Kovalainen could make a sensational return to the team, the owner of the English Championship club Fernandes stated that there is a chance, going on to add that it is no secret his relationship with the driver is a very close one and he always has time to spare for him and there is a chance he could take the driver’s seat in the team come 2014 as well.
But he also mentioned that in the end however, it will be up to the team to decide who the next driver of the team will be and added that ultimately, it will be their choice. He also admitted that it would be foolish of him to make any firm comments right now because plenty of things can change between now and the end of the season with many drivers becoming unavailable and Caterham F1 will decide what the best decision for the team will be in terms of their drivers.
McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has said that F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone should ensure that the 2014 season has at least 20 races to look forward. There has been a lot of speculation about the 2014 calendar, which could be the biggest of all time.
There are suggestions that this season could have 22 races in total, which would be a record. Whitmarsh, meanwhile, has praised Ecclestone for managing to keep the sport going on despite numerous troubles on several fronts. Over the years, F1 has faced a lot of financial difficulties especially to the bottom teams. Read more »
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