McLaren could replace “disappointing” Perez with Magnussen in F1 next season

Sergio Perez could be replaced by Kevin Magnussen Formula 1

McLaren could replace driver Sergio Perez with rookie driver Kevin Magnussen in Formula 1 after a dire season for the Mexican.

Team boss Martin Whitmarsh called Perez’s performance at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in which he finished ninth, as “disappointing”.

It left him 12th in the  standings with two races of the season, in the US and Brazil, remaining. And a string of below-par performances have left bosses questioning whether he is up to the calibre required.

Now team bosses are believed to be contemplating ditching him for this year’s 21-year-old World Series by Renault winner Dane Magnussen, below, who has very little experience after being drafted in as a McLaren development driver since 2012.

Kevin Magnussen could replace Sergio Perez Formula 1

Hinting that he believed that could be the case, Magnussen recently said he was “as fit for F1 as you can get”.

He added: “I’m very proud about my record in 2013. Now the aim is for Formula 1 next year. That’s what I’ve been aiming at for a long time. The time is now – I’m as ready as you can get.”

McLaren said no decision had been made on their driver choice for the 2014 season, but that one would be made “shortly”.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was won by championship winner Sebastian Vettel. Perez actually beat team-mate Jenson Button in the race, but only by 12 seconds and despite the fact Button had to go in for a pitstop to fit a new front wing after suffering damage to his car on the first lap.

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