Perez fears Magnussen will struggle to stay in F1

Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:30pm EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Sergio Perez fears Kevin Magnussen, who replaced the Mexican at McLaren at the end of 2013, will struggle to keep his Formula One career alive now that the Dane has also been rejected by the team.

"It’s a shame for Kevin because he came into a very difficult time at McLaren, similar to my time there," Force India driver Perez told reporters at the U.S. Grand Prix on Thursday.

"I was lucky to find another team and keep my Formula One career. For him it is going to be a lot more difficult right now because there are not many places out there and he already missed a year in Formula One."

Magnussen, who turned 23 this month, has been McLaren's reserve driver this season after losing his race seat to double world champion Fernando Alonso.

He made a strong debut in 2014, with his second place in the Australian season-opener ranking as the best debut by a rookie since Canadian Jacques Villeneuve in 1996.

With 2009 champion Jenson Button staying for another season, and Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne winning the GP2 support series and likely to take the reserve role if he cannot secure a race seat, McLaren had nothing to offer Magnussen.

He has said he was informed of that fact by email on his birthday.

Perez, who had a difficult season at McLaren alongside Button, was cut loose at a similarly late point in the year when most seats are already taken.   Continued...

 
Force India Formula One driver Sergio Perez (L) of Mexico speaks to the media next to teammate driver Nico Hulkenberg of Germany (not pictured) during a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico October 19, 2015. REUTERS/Ginnette Riquelme