After another fine drive from Sergio Perez in Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix, McLaren may well be wondering if they have been a little too hasty in letting the Mexican go.
Perez discovered only a week before the U.S. Grand Prix that McLaren would be replacing him with Kevin Magnussen for 2014, although he told BBC Sport that he had already signed his part of the contract.
Keen to prove McLaren wrong and impress potential suitors for next season, Perez achieved his third consecutive points finish on Sunday.
Perez can at least comfort himself in the knowledge that he is not the first driver, and certainly won’t be the last, to be unceremoniously dumped out of the blue.
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