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McLaren’s Sergio Perez was quick to praise his team-mate Jenson Button after the Brit beat him once again in qualifying this season.
The Mexican, who lost his seat at the team earlier this month, will leave the Woking-based outfit at the end of the season, despite many expecting him to stay with the British team. Button has out-qualified Perez this season, with a record of 10-9, thanks to a number of improved displays towards the latter end of the year.
Perez didn’t shine in his final qualifying for McLaren after crashing out at the end of Q2. He claimed it “looked bigger than it actually was” and he will line up in 14th for Sunday’s GP.
The 23-year-old has been linked with Force India but they look to set to name Nico Hulkenberg alongside Adrian Sutil. Perez’s former team Sauber will then have a vacant seat, and many expect him to return to his former team for 2014.
After the race, Perez was quick to praise Button, despite the former world champion finishing 15th in qualifying.
He told Sky Sports News: “I think people really underestimate Jenson and I don’t understand why. He is a world champion, a proven driver and a driver who scored more points over three years than Lewis [Hamilton]. But this is Formula 1, sometimes it is strange, but it is something good to beat him in qualifying.”