It is now official, Sergio Perez won't stay for another year with the fabled Formula 1 team.
"First of all, I would like to thank McLaren for giving me the opportunity to be with them this season," said Perez. "It has been an honour for me to have been in one of the most competitive teams in the sport and I do not regret even a bit having joined them. I have always given the best of me for the team and still despite this I could not achieve what I aimed for in this historic team."
|Sergio Perez, McLaren. (Photo: WRi2)|
Checco added he's determined to sign off his McLaren career with strong results in the final two races of the season in Austin, Texas and Brazil.
"I am committed to delivering very good results in these last two races, especially in Austin," he said. "I am so much looking forward to see all my people gathered together, feel their energy and show them the best of me. I would like to say to every single one of my fans around the world and in my country that I am eternally grateful to them. They have never let me down, especially in difficult moments like these. I truly appreciate their support, they have never forgotten me. I have met a lot of new people at McLaren and I have made many good friends as well. I am eternally grateful to them. It has been a learning experience to me."
The Mexican explains his priority is now to secure a competitive seat for 2014.
"I would like to wish the team the very best in the future. I will always be a fan of McLaren," said Perez. "In the meantime, I will be looking at my future to ensure my position in the best possible package to fight for wins. Thanks to McLaren and all of its partners for this season, you can rest assured that I will never give up."
McLaren has yet to confirm who will drive alongside Jenson Button next year. It is strongly believed that Kevin Magnussen would make his debut in F1.