Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain Intercontinental Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 6, 2020 Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates following winning the race
Mexican Sergio Perez will swap Alexander Albon at Crimson Bull future year as the previous Components 1 champions established their sights on supplying dominant rivals Mercedes a run for their income.
The 30-year-aged Perez, a winner for Racing Point in Bahrain this thirty day period, will slot in alongside Dutchman Max Verstappen with Albon relegated to the role of exam and reserve driver.
“We want to subject the strongest workforce we can to choose the battle to Mercedes,” explained workforce boss Christian Horner whose workforce concluded 2nd in the in general standings winning two of this season’s seventeen races when compared to champions Mercedes’ thirteen.
“Sergio’s bought the necessary sum of experience, brings a prosperity of expertise to the workforce as well and I think will be a fantastic workforce mate for Max future year.”
Perez has missing his seat for future year at Racing Point, who will compete as Aston Martin, to four-moments winner Sebastian Vettel and the Mexican experienced indicated that he would choose a sabbatical in 2021 if he unsuccessful to land the Crimson Bull push.
The go palms him a 2nd shot at a best seat following he spent a year at McLaren as Lewis Hamilton’s substitute when the Briton left for Mercedes in 2013.
It can make him the initially driver exterior Crimson Bull’s younger driver advancement plan to race for the workforce considering the fact that Mark Webber retired at the close of that year.
‘EARNED THE SEAT’
“It’s unachievable to disregard Sergio’s functionality this year,” explained Horner. “He’s gained the seat.”
Perez, who brings major backing from Mexico and manufactured his F1 debut with Sauber in 2011, concluded fourth in the in general standings powering Verstappen despite lacking two races thanks to COVID-19.
He took two podiums, including his Sakhir Grand Prix earn, in 2020 to provide his job tally to 10 rostrum finishes from 191 begins.
The only Latin American driver in the activity and the initially Mexican to earn in F1 for 50 several years, Perez has spent the past 7 seasons at Racing Point, acquiring joined the workforce when it was still Drive India.
He was instrumental in securing the cash-strapped team’s upcoming in 2018 when it was purchased out of administration by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, whose son Lance races the outfit’s other car.
Horner, who fielded Perez as an up and coming younger driver in his GP2 workforce, explained that with the Mexican Crimson Bull would have a greater possibility of taking the battle to Mercedes with both equally of their cars and trucks.
This year Verstappen was more usually than not left to choose the battle to the German team’s two cars and trucks by himself.
As for Albon, who concluded seventh in the standings amount with McLaren’s Ferrari-sure Spaniard Carlos Sainz, Horner explained the 24-year-aged was established to come across his way back again to a race seat.
“We will see how situation unfold for 2022 possibly inside of Crimson Bull or external of Crimson Bull,” explained Horner.
Perez’s Crimson Bull affirmation leaves only Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes seat in perform.
But the 35-year-aged, who wrapped up a file-equalling seventh planet title this year, is anticipated to keep with Mercedes.
(Reporting by Abhishek Takle editing by Toby Davis and Ken Ferris)