SERGIO PEREZ appeared to let slip the destiny of his Pink Bull future after securing victory on the Monaco Grand Prix.
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Sergio Perez hinted that he has already signed a brand new F1 cope with Pink Bull moments after profitable the Monaco Grand Prix. The Mexican was solely handed a one-year deal when he joined the workforce forward of final season.
He was awarded one other one-year contract extension and has continued to impress since his arrival. There was the potential for Max Verstappen to be handed a brand new team-mate for 2023 however Perez appeared to disclose his future at Pink Bull after grabbing his third profession win.
Minutes after securing victory within the Principality, Perez grabbed Christian Horner and stated: “I signed too early.” The Mexican was requested concerning the remark within the post-race press convention which prompted him and Verstappen to begin laughing.
However, he failed to substantiate or deny the rumours of a brand new deal. In an try and warn off reporters, he as a substitute claimed that he was solely speaking about signing the champagne bottle. He laughed: “I meant concerning the bottle of champagne. We’ll discover out.”
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Sergio Perez advised Christian Horner he had ‘signed too early’ after profitable in Monaco (Picture: F1 TV)
Nonetheless grinning sheepishly, Verstappen replied: “I believe what you probably did in the present day would possibly assist. Just a bit bit.” Pink Bull workforce principal Horner addressed Perez’s new contract immediately on this weekend’s workforce principal press convention.
He appeared to counsel a deal had but to be agreed between the pair however claimed Perez was doing every thing proper to get a brand new extension. He defined: “He simply must hold doing what he is doing. He is doing an awesome job, we’re very proud of him.
“He is pushed extraordinarily effectively, to date this yr. The delta between him and Max is, as you understand, diminished considerably, in comparison with final season. I believe he is happier within the automobile. He is achieved that unbelievable pole place already in Jeddah this yr. He is pushed some nice races. And is a workforce participant. I do not suppose there’s anyone higher within the pit lane.
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Sergio Perez laughed as he was questioned concerning the mistake (Picture: F1 TV)
“So, he is doing an awesome job, he must hold doing what he is doing after which talks ought to hopefully be fairly simple.” A attainable extension to Perez’s deal is unhealthy information for Pierre Gasly who now appears unlikely to get one other shot on the prime workforce.
Gasly was demoted from Pink Bull to Toro Rosso in 2019 however has starred for newly rebranded Alpha Tauri over the past two seasons. The Frenchman’s Pink Bull contract expires on the finish of the 2023 season which means he shall be free to signal for one more workforce.
Nonetheless, Pink Bull chief Helmut Marko has beforehand warned the workforce weren’t eager on the concept of shedding Gasly. He added: “If this contract expires and we are able to’t provide him an opportunity for promotion, we are going to most certainly lose him. We don’t need that.”