Perez: Austin the most important weekend

By on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Sergio Perez has labelled the upcoming United States Grand Prix as the most important race of his season amid speculation that he is to be replaced by Kevin Magnussen for next season.

McLaren has been hesitant on the subject of Perez's future and the Mexican says that the race in Austin is his most important race of 2013.

"For me, this will be the most important weekend of my year, and I’ll be especially keen for a strong result to send my fans back home with a smile on their faces," he said.

"I think we’ve shown some solid improvement and greater understanding of our car over the past few races, yet, frustratingly, both Jenson [Button] and I have had few opportunities to really demonstrate what the car is capable of."

"Texas is on the border with Mexico, so the venue provides the perfect opportunity for many Mexicans to make the trip to Austin for a taste of Formula 1. Last year, I was really overwhelmed by the level of Mexican support – you could see the grandstands full of Mexican flags, and the fans that I met were all really passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable."

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh echoed Perez's comments.

"For Checo, the weekend will be a busy and important one – it’s the closest he gets to his home in Mexico, and he’s naturally excited and looking forward to the amount of local support and expectation that will be focused on him across the weekend. He will respond to it very well, I’m sure."

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