Sergio Perez says McLaren's timing to drop him puts him in 'difficult' 2014 position
"I would not be in Formula 1 just to be in Formula 1," says Perez
By James Galloway
Last Updated: 18/11/13 4:45pm
Despite optimistic noises from the Mexican regarding his future at McLaren over recent races, the situation appeared to change after the last race in Abu Dhabi and Perez announced via an open letter on Twitter on Wednesday that he would be leaving the team after just one season.
The Woking team have since confirmed that 21-year-old Dane Kevin Magnussen will take his place alongside Jenson Button next season.
Perez, meanwhile, has suddenly been thrown into the fluid and complex driver market for the remaining seats on the 2014 grid with Force India, a return to Sauber or possibly even a switch to Lotus his most likely hopes of continuing his F1 career.
Speaking to Sky Sports News ahead of this weekend's U.S. GP, Perez made no secret of the fact that his F1 future was now uncertain.
"If I'm very honest I haven't had the chance yet to get fully into that [McLaren's reasoning]. The decision was taken very late which unfortunately puts me in a difficult position for my future," the 23-year-old said.
"But McLaren has their own decisions, they know what they are doing and it's better you ask them."
He then added: "I would not be in Formula 1 just to be in Formula 1. If I don't find the right option for my career maybe I will look for something else."
Although appearing to be frustrated by the late nature of the confirmation that he will not be offered a contract renewal, Perez has nonetheless spoken positively about his single year at McLaren despite the relationship not hitting the heights both parties expected.
The Mexican said he would leave Woking with no regrets.
"If I look back I did my best, I tried to give my very best to take the most out of the chance that I had," Perez added.
"I probably came at the worst possible year in history to McLaren. But that's life and I look forward."