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Sergio Perez’s Sponsors Did Him No Favours During 2017 Force India Negotiations

Never before had a Formula One driver's downfall been celebrated with such unbridled joy. Little more than a year after McLaren chose him—not Nico Hulkenberg, not Paul Di Resta—to lead them into life after Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez was gone, deemed to have less ultimate potential than a driver without a single grand prix appearance to his name. The confirmation of Kevin Magnussen's promotion alongside Jenson Button in November 2013, a matter of weeks after securing the Formula Renault 3.5 championship, had left Perez with precious little time to find a race seat for the following season. And as he faced the end of his F1 career at the tender age of 23, everyone—spectators, observers and, most despicably, his f...

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