Whitmarsh happy Pérez will stay in F1

Whitmarsh happy Pérez will stay in F1

25 November 2013 – McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh says he is "very happy" that Sergio Pérez looks set to remain in Formula 1 next season, with the Mexican edging closer to a Force India drive.

Having dropped Pérez in favour of Kevin Magnussen for the 2014 campaign, Whitmarsh went on to call a selection of rival teams, including Force India, to recommend his services.

And the positive words appear to have worked, with Pérez homing in on a seat with Vijay Mallya's outfit.

When asked about Pérez's potential move to Force India, Whitmarsh said: "I am very happy. He is a young man, he has been incredibly dignified, and he is very much liked in this team. I've told him to prove us wrong! That is his job now.

"We have done what we can to help get him in there and he deserves to be in Formula 1. I think he proved that here [in Brazil]. He is an exciting driver and I know people at the beginning of the year were saying he is perhaps too exciting, but you cannot have that in Formula 1. A young man is going to charge, take risks and try to fight his way through.

"I am delighted for him. He is a friend of the team but he will go out there and try to beat us. I hope that is the spirit he will take with him."

The switch is likely to come at the expense of Paul di Resta, something that Whitmarsh admits would be a disappointing outcome for Formula 1.

"It is a complicated sport these days, and there are drivers with less talent than Paul, either entering the sport or remaining in the sport, and that is sad.

"It hasn't been announced yet but I think it is fairly well speculated that is what is going to happen."

German media have reported that Nico Hülkenberg will return to Force India after a year at Sauber, completing the team's line-up alongside Pérez.

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