Perez not interested in back-of-grid seat

Perez not interested in back-of-grid seat

Formula 1

Perez not interested in back-of-grid seat


Sergio Perez has reiterated that he is not interested in taking a drive at the back of the Formula 1 grid just to stay in the sport in 2014.

McLaren announced last week that the Mexican will be replaced by Formula Renault 3.5 champion Kevin Magnussen alongside Jenson Button next year. The news has left Perez in a difficult position, even though McLaren revealed it is trying to help him secure a drive elsewhere.

Perez insists, however, that he is not interested in just taking any drive.

“Yes, it’s true they are helping me, but it’s also true that right now it’s very hard to find a seat that motivates me to stay in Formula 1,” said Perez.

Asked if he would consider a seat at a team like Caterham or Marussia, he said: “I don’t know, but I don’t want to consider it because I have a lot to offer and going to a team like that would basically make my career stall. I would have to find another option.”

The McLaren driver said he is not fixated with staying in Formula 1 at any cost, but would consider racing elsewhere if he cannot find a competitive car for 2014.

“Right now I haven’t considered [racing in another series], but if I have to get to that point, I’ll consider it,” declared Perez. “I want to make a decision in the new few days.”