Ramirez: Being in F1 went to Perez’s head

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Jo Ramirez – a key figure at McLaren for almost twenty years during the days of Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen – has hit out at Sergio Perez following the Mexican driver’s dismissal by the team.

It was confirmed earlier this week that Perez will not be racing for McLaren in 2014 after a disappointing year that has seen him fail to live up to the lofty expectations of the team. Instead, 21-year-old Kevin Magnussen will make his Formula One debut with the team next season as Jenson Button’s teammate. Although Perez’s dismissal has shocked many, Ramirez believes that his attitude and approach meant that he did not fit in with the team.

“The syndrome of becoming an F1 driver went to his head very fast,” Ramirez explained to Mexican publication La Cancha. “He always complained about the British press, but they were the same press that wrote: ”Checo’, a good driver, but why is he so arrogant?’

“Checo grew a lot as a driver during the last three years in F1, but unfortunately he didn’t grow as a person at the same rate. Today the drivers are arriving in F1 at a very young age without knowing how to behave. In most cases they have a manager that coaches them. Sergio tried to do it alone and failed.”

Perez enjoyed two successful years at Sauber in 2011 and 2012, scoring three podium finishes and coming close to winning the Malaysian Grand Prix last year. However, McLaren’s decision to sign the Mexican driver was something of a snap decision in the wake of Lewis Hamilton’s departure. It appears that the team has decided to put its faith in their youngster, Magnussen, who has been a part of the setup at Woking for many years now.

All eyes will now be on Perez to see if he can claim a seat on next year’s grid.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.