McLaren expect to announce 2014 driver line-up soon

Martin Whitmarsh with Jenson Button and Sergio Perez

Martin Whitmarsh with Jenson Button and Sergio Perez

McLaren is moving towards confirming that Sergio Perez will join Jenson Button in the British team’s driver lineup for a second consecutive season in 2014.

It was earlier reported that Nico Hulkenberg, McLaren junior Kevin Magnussen or even Fernando Alonso could replace the Mexican, who only joined McLaren from Sauber at the beginning of the year.

But Perez finished a season-best fifth in India last Sunday, and paddock whispers are growing louder that the 23-year-old has secured a new deal for 2014.

“When will we make our driver announcement? I expect we will be making it quite shortly,” team boss Martin Whitmarsh told reporters in Abu Dhabi.

“I think Sergio did a great race last week and that’s the sort of thing that we love to see,” he added.

It could be that Perez’s new deal will be closely followed by news that a Mexican company like Claro will succeed the departing Vodafone as title sponsor.

However, there has also been speculation that a brand not linked directly to Perez, like the US razor company Gillette, has secured the deal for 2014 and beyond.

Whitmarsh on Sunday said the driver and sponsor announcements will be made separately.

“That will be beyond the end of the season,” he said, when asked about the sponsor announcement, “because obviously we’re respectful of the partnerships we have at the moment.” (GMM)

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  • Kimi4WDC

    HULK HULK!

  • Spartacus

    One race doesn’t make it. Even Maldonaldo has won a grand prix but I wouldn’t sign him!

    They need to go for Hulkenburg or Magnussen. The risk is with Magnussen, but the speed may be there too. It’s the better option for McLaren. The absolute worst of the three would be to sign Perez again. He’s not shown enough speed, and more, much more, importantly any improvement over the season.

    Although I always find it funny when Alonso is linked with a return to McLaren. The guy who made threats to Ron Dennis to reveal that he (Alonso) was cheating while at McLaren!

  • Mercedes supporter forever

    Perez is the right man for the job… He brings money to the team… And he should stay…

  • Fletcher

    Give me a break, Hulkenberg hasn’t even had a podium to his name lol.

  • McLarenfan

    Nico Hulkenburg

  • TarasT

    Perhaps if Gillette comes in as a sponser Jenson can get free razor blades so he too can look as clean shaven as Martin and Sergio.