Nov.16 (GMM) After dropping Sergio Perez for 2014, McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh says he is now trying to help the Mexican find a seat elsewhere in formula one.
After just one season with 23-year-old Perez, the Woking based team has decided to replace him with in-house development talent Kevin Magnussen.But McLaren has been criticised for making its decision so late that it could end Perez's F1 career."People say our decision was terribly late, but what I have said to him is to stand back from it a bit," Whitmarsh is quoted by Britain's Sky."I am trying to help him get a drive," he revealed."At the time (of the decision) Williams had a seat, but that has now gone, but there is a Lotus seat, and one at Sauber, Force India, Caterham and Marussia," said Whitmarsh."I have rung Force India and I have rung Lotus. They both do a good job and I have recommended him because he deserves to be in formula one," he added.Whitmarsh said he was in a difficult position, because new Formula Renault 3.5 champion Magnussen "is the most exciting young driver not in F1".Indeed, the McLaren chief recently tried to find Magnussen a seat for 2014, at the Force India and Marussia teams."I went up and down the pitlane and no one wanted to do it, so we went for it," said Whitmarsh.
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