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Whitmarsh happy Perez will stay in F1

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Martin Whitmarsh says he is pleased Sergio Perez will stay in Formula One next season, with a move to Force India heavily rumoured.

Perez was dropped by McLaren in favour of Kevin Magnussen in 2014, with the move announced ahead of the United States Grand Prix. In the week that followed, Perez became very confident he will remain in Formula One - despite no deal having yet been announced - and Whitmarsh says his impressive drive to sixth place in Brazil proves he deserves another seat.

"I am very happy," Whitmarsh told the Press Association. "Lots of stuff has been written, but he's a young man who has been incredibly dignified. This is a great job - which can be painful on occasions - but the real hard bit is when you have to make the phone calls and say 'I have decided...', and he took it very well. He is very much liked in the team, is a thoroughly likeable guy, and I said to him: 'Prove us wrong'.

"We've done what we can to help him out, and he certainly deserves to be in Formula One, which he proved in this race. He is an exciting driver, although at the beginning of the year people were saying he is a bit too exciting. But I think you can have that in Formula One - a young man who is prepared to charge, take risks a little and try and fight his way through.

"So I'm delighted for him that we'll see his smiling face in the paddock. He is friend of the team now, but we know he'll go out there and try to beat us, and I hope that's the spirit in which he takes it."

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