Lotus confirmed the signing of Pastor Maldonado in a move that will trigger a domino effect on the F1 driver market.
McLaren thinks it let the chance of a first podium finish of 2013 slip through its fingers at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Force India's Paul Di Resta is in danger of being the man who misses out on a 2014 race seat.
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says he is delighted that Sergio Perez is set to remain in Formula 1 next year as he closes in on a Force India deal.
Pastor Maldonado's decision about the 2014 offer from Lotus will be the trigger point for the Formula 1 driver market.
Jenson Button admitted McLaren needed to end its 2013 F1 season on a high, after he and Sergio Perez charged to fourth and sixth places in the Brazilian GP.
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday to chalk up a record ninth victory in a row.
McLaren's slim hopes of avoiding their worst season's performance suffered a further setback at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday when Sergio Perez took a five
Sergio Perez's five-place penalty looks set to be the only change to the Brazilian Grand Prix starting grid ahead of the race.
Sergio Perez will have a five-place grid penalty for the Brazilian Grand Prix after McLaren elected to change his gearbox.
McLaren looked to the skies for help after Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying left them ever closer to ending the Formula One season on a historic low.
Jenson Button reckons a lack of running on the intermediate tyre during Friday's practice sessions lead to his low starting position for the Brazilian Grand
Even an Interlagos downpour could not stop Sebastian Vettel as he took pole by six tenths of a second.
Even an Interlagos downpour could not stop Sebastian Vettel as the 2013 Formula 1 champion took Brazilian Grand Prix pole by six tenths of a second.
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