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.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

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