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Analysing McLaren’s Decision to Replace Sergio Perez with Kevin Magnussen

When McLaren confirmed the signing of Kevin Magnussen last November, it sent the most damning of messages to Sergio Perez. Only 13 months earlier, the Mexican had been anointed as the successor of Lewis Hamilton, the team's most successful and recognisable driver in recent years and was charged with taking McLaren into a bright new era. After only 17 grand prix weekends, however, the team had seen enough. They decided that his target of winning the world championship, as he explained to Sky Sports' Pete Gill on his very first day at McLaren's headquarters, was little more than a pipe dream.  Perez had enjoyed a decent enough season with the car he had been provided—some handy races, some poor races—but was not considered t...

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