RED BULL look more likely to follow Sergio Perez in a blow for AlphaTaurai’s Pierre Gasly whose contract with the squad runs out subsequent season.
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Purple Bull is anticipated to supply Sergio Perez a brand new contract to maintain the Mexican alongside Max Verstappen subsequent season, in line with Sky Sports activities pundit Ted Kravitz. A brand new deal for Perez will probably finish Pierre Gasly’s probability to return to the crew he was dropped from in 2019.
Kravitz made the decision whereas explaining whether or not Lewis Hamilton might change groups after Mercedes’ poor type continued in Imola. He stated: “[Hamilton] isn’t going to drive alongside Max Verstappen clearly and it seems like they’re going to preserve Sergio Perez.”
The Mexican’s present deal runs till the tip of this season after the crew rewarded him with a one-year contract extension. Nevertheless Gasly’s cope with the squad expires on the finish of the 2023 marketing campaign which means he would then be free to signal for different groups.
Purple Bull chief Helmut Marko has warned Purple Bull would probably lose Gasly in the event that they failed to advertise him subsequent season in a transfer he claims the crew ‘don’t need’. His feedback got here after ex-driver Gerhard Berger claimed Gasly was now ‘ok’ for an additional shot on the prime crew after a string of stable performances, together with a win at Monza in 2020.
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Pierre Gasly may miss out on a Purple Bull drive (Picture: Getty)
Marko informed Formel1.de: “Gerhard is true, however in the meanwhile we nonetheless have a contract with Checo. We’ve to check the efficiency of those two drivers, and with Checo we nonetheless have till the center of the 12 months.
“With Gasly we nonetheless have a contract till 2023, and it’s already clear that if this contract expires and we are able to’t provide him an opportunity to maneuver up, we’ll most definitely lose him, and we don’t need that.”
Perez solely picked up one win final season however has starred to this point in 2022 with pole place in Jeddah and securing the crew a one-two end in Imola yesterday. Purple Bull has solely given him one-year offers since he joined the crew for 2021 however the Mexican has referred to as for higher phrases subsequent time round to make sure he has some ‘stability’.
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Sergio Perez is after a longer-term deal this time round (Picture: Getty )
Forward of the brand new season, Verstappen signed a bumper new contract to maintain him on the crew till 2028.
Perez stated: “When the time comes, definitely as a driver, you really want to have some stability together with your crew, which can be good for the crew to have some continuity. So I believe, going forwards, I’m searching for a bit longer keep.”