McLaren have ditched Sergio Perez after a mere year at the team and have instead taken Kevin Magnussen on as his replacement.
The Dane, son of Jan Magnussen who also raced for McLaren, won the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship this year and impressed McLaren at last year’s Abu Dhabi Young Driver test and this year’s test which was held at Silverstone in July.
McLaren say that after analysis it was found that Perez was significantly slower than team-mate Jenson Button – a gap, they say, that would be hard to close. Comparing Magnussen’s test times with Perez, they also believe that the rookie is faster than Perez. Magnussen will be the first rookie to race for McLaren since Lewis Hamilton signed for the team in 2007. Magnussen, like Hamilton, was brought up through the McLaren young driver programme.
Perez meanwhile, will be knocking on relatively few doors for a seat in 2014. Earlier today Williams finalised their driver line-up for 2014 meaning that if Perez wants a spot on next year’s grid, he will be looking to Force India, Marussia, Caterham or former team Sauber.