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Mar 12

McLaren chose money over talent for 2013 – Watson

John Watson has accused his former team McLaren of effectively hiring a pay-driver to replace Lewis Hamilton in 2013.

03 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes2013-03-03 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Barcelona - Sergio Perez 06Ulsterman Watson, a McLaren winner three decades ago, thinks McLaren was tempted by team newcomer Sergio Perez’s connections to the Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. “Politically they have always tried to employ the best possible drivers who were available.  Not who they could afford but who were available,” he told the Guardian.

“There were other options and some of those were probably ones I would have gone for,” said Watson, who said Nico Hulkenberg and Kimi Raikkonen would have been better choices in his opinion.

“Unfortunately they’ve ended up with Perez and the fact he’s associated with Carlos Slim will have some value to McLaren,” he continued.

“McLaren have always sought the best talent and clearly that is not the case right now,” the 66-year-old Briton added.

source: GMM