'Shocked' Perez in a 'difficult situation'

By on Thursday, November 14, 2013
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Sergio Perez says that McLaren's decision not to retain him for 2014 came as a shock.

Perez was informed earlier in the week that he would not be racing for the team next season and McLaren has since confirmed that Kevin Magnussen will race alongside Jenson Button in 2014.

"I learnt a couple of days before you found out," he said.

"It was a very late decision. I had no idea, it just came as a shock to me because the team was always giving good feedback to me. Things were settled down, I was staying with the team but then something happened in the last couple of weeks and they decided not to which has left me in a very difficult situation."

Perez says he will not stay in the sport if the options do not suit him.

"I know there are some options but I will not stay in F1 just to stay. If I don't find the right option then I have to look for something else. I'm pretty confident that something good will happen and hopefully I will find a good seat

Perez refused to blame McLaren, simply expressing disappointment that the partnership was not successful.

"I don't feel let down," he said. "It's been a difficult year but people on the outside can think whatever they want. From inside the team every single person knows the amount of pressure we are having."

"We're McLaren and the year that we had was so disappointing for everyone. We had to do some changes and they had to change me. That's racing."

"We have had a very difficult season all year long. It was definitely not what I was expecting and also not what McLaren was expecting. When I signed for them they had such a competitive car and that is not what we have right now and we have not had it all season long. There is no secret it has been a disappointing year for both parts, and in the end McLaren decided to go another route. I have to find my own route and hopefully I can find the best possible seat available for my career. I'm only 23 years old and I have a lot to give to the sport."

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