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Perez almost signed pre-Ferrari contract for 2014

  • 19 Apr 2019 09:49
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  • By: Harry Mattocks

Sergio Perez saysd that he had a chance to drive for Ferrari in 2014, but instead opted for a drive with McLaren in 2013. 

Perez revealed that he had discussions in 2012 with then-Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali about signing a "pre-contract" for the 2014 season, but this would have meant spending another year with Sauber. At the time, the Mexican was a Ferrari Driver Academy member.

However, he decided to join McLaren for the 2013 season in the hope of winning races and then possibly the title. As it turned out, this relationship was not meant to last as Perez was dropped after just a year with the team in favour of rookie Kevin Magnussen.

“I think probably given how McLaren was at that time that ride came just at the wrong moment for me,” said Perez. “Because if you go back to 2012 I was a Ferrari member, I was going to get a contract for 2014, I had to say one more year with Sauber and then get the ride with Ferrari.”

“I went to Maranello and discussed with Domenicali, he told me ‘let’s do a pre-contract for 2014’,” he explained.

He went onto explain that there were several top teams showing interest in his services during the 2012 season: “At that time Mercedes was interested, Ferrari was and McLaren so I was in a really strong position back then. And I thought to myself ‘I need to get into a competitive car because I can win the title’.

“The opportunity with McLaren came and McLaren was winning races, was fighting for titles for the last five years, so how can you say no? It was quite an obvious thing.”

“I had to say basically goodbye to the Ferrari academy and I went to McLaren. I think the mistake there was to sign a one-year deal. My management at the time didn’t do a solid job with the contract.

"That was a sad thing, I think that has damaged my reputation in Formula 1. But then I came to a fantastic team and I had good success with the team.”


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  • JuJuHound

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    Victims list of McLaren low performance for the last couple years has got some good drivers including Perez, Magnussen, Vandorne. At this time it was a good choice for Perez and not many people understood Lewis risky move to Mercedes. But as the time shows, it was smart one.

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    • Apr 19 2019 - 09:56
  • mcbhargav

    Posts: 930

    Dumb move to ditch Ferrari to sign 1 year contract, especially at the age of 22.

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    • Apr 19 2019 - 15:15
  • Yeah, unfortunate move. And now he might never be looked at by a top team again.

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    • Apr 19 2019 - 20:14
    • I don't buy the theory that his bad year with McLaren ruined his prospects of a top team. He's had plenty of incredible races since. The problem is as always: competition. Since that time with McLaren we've had some pretty strong talent join the grid. Guys that are no only fast but marketable. However, I don't think Perez' chances are finished. He's still pretty young. Lets just hope that Racing Point gives him enough to still more odd podiums

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      • Apr 19 2019 - 23:01
    • I wouldn't either, but the fact is that he is clearly at his A-game, yet no of the big teams seem to give him a single look. And that's with a sponsor portfolio as big as his.

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      • Apr 20 2019 - 09:02
    • mcbhargav

      Posts: 930

      I for one, thought he is better than Kimi in 2018, and better than Gasly in 2019, and could be rated alongside Bottas. But, none of those seats could be given to him. He cornered himself into RacingPoint. I wonder, what would happen if Strolls start taking him for a stroll. Haas? Sauber? which are not upgrades from his current position.

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      • Apr 21 2019 - 06:39

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