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So ‘Checo’ is moving to his third team in time for his fourth season in Formula 1.
In 2013, with McLaren, he failed to match the points tally he achieved in his second season with Sauber in 2012: 49 for 11th place overall, when his 66 points in 2012 put him one place higher.
But everyone knows the 2013 McLaren was a disaster from the word go, and 2009 World Champion Jenson Button amassed only 73 points himself in the sister car.
“He's a lovely guy and a fine driver - fast and combative - and I’m sure he’ll build on that firm foundation in 2014,” said McLaren chief Martin Whitmarsh of Perez – in the same announcement that informed the world of the Mexican’s departure.
Maybe if Perez had found his end-of-season consistency much earlier in his one and only year with McLaren he would still be there. He scored points five times in the first 10 races, but finished with a strong run of six top-10 finishes in the final seven rounds.
They included his best result of the year, fifth place in India, achieved in part by an outstanding two-for-the-price-of-one overtaking move on Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton.
“Without question, I have a lot of pressure on my shoulders, but it’s always sweeter when you perform well while under pressure. I’m extremely satisfied,” said Checo, clearly believing his future still lay at Woking.
From Indian success he has moved to an Indian team with Dr Vijay Mallya, who commented: “He clearly has great speed and plenty of fire in his belly. Our job is to make sure he settles in quickly by creating the right atmosphere so that he can realise his potential.”
How will the Mexican fare against the highly-regarded Nico Hulkenberg in the other car?