Our top ten F1 drivers of 2013
Vettel might have run away with the title, but which drivers impressed TG this season?
Posted: 01 Jan 2014
10 Sergio Perez
It now seems generally assumed Perez wasn't really up to the McLaren job, especially off the track and in private, technical briefings. We don't know about that, but frankly we are still bemused that McLaren decided against giving Sergio Perez a second year.
There's a sense that McLaren regard 2014 as an interim year, its first with the turbo-ERS powertrain but its last with Mercedes. 2015 is the big year with Honda. And while we do understand that getting Kevin Magnussen ready for 2015 is important, we reckon with another season - and a decent car - Perez might just have got back all his considerable sparkle.
Never far behind Button, extremely racey, and flat-out-fast by the end of the season, it seems to us Perez just needed managing better, in the way Lotus have done with Grosjean. That is the way to shape champions, as McLaren well knows. The Woking outfit has, in the past, shown itself very capable of getting its drivers facing the right way. Quite why it elected not to with Perez remains a mystery to us.