McLaren still weighing up 2014 options

By on Monday, November 11, 2013
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McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has insisted that neither Jenson Button nor Sergio Perez is signed up for 2014.

While Button is expected to prolong his stay with McLaren for a fifth season, Perez's future with the team is less secure.

McLaren is weighing up whether to replace Perez with young driver Kevin Magnussen, who won the Formula Renault 3.5 Series this year.

"Lots of people are being considered, when we come to the end of those considerations, we’ll make an announcement," Whitmarsh said.

"I think firstly we have not provided either of our drivers with a good enough race car this year."

"So in those circumstances Sergio’s been a great team member. He’s made a spirited contribution, he’s produced some really good races, some exciting races, and ruffled a few feathers. And I think he’s done a pretty good job throughout the whole year. Abu Dhabi was difficult, it was not quite the result that he wanted or we wanted, but it was a difficult weekend, and those happen."

"The fact is at the moment we haven’t confirmed our driver line-up, we haven’t signed contracts – plural – with drivers, so we’re still talking about that."

Whitmarsh added that whatever happens, McLaren will have two intelligent drivers in 2014.

"I think certainly in an era of change you need bright drivers. I think Sergio is a clever guy, and I think in that regard he’s a good driver for anyone next year, including ourselves."

"I think we’ve got two intelligent drivers now and I think we’ll have just that next year."

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