SERGIO PEREZ has signed a brand new contract to stay at Crimson Bull till the top of 2024, however Felipe Massa has warned that might’ve been a mistake.
Sergio Perez extends contract with Crimson Bull Racing till 2024
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Former System 1 favorite Felipe Massa has cautioned Crimson Bull in opposition to overlooking Pierre Gasly a second time. The producer just lately rewarded Sergio Perez with a brand new contract till 2024, successfully setting their group in stone for the foreseeable future.
Titleholder Max Verstappen is signed on to characterize the desk leaders for the subsequent five-and-a-half years. Gasly, 26, impressed with Toro Rosso earlier than briefly driving for Crimson Bull in 2019, however he was forged apart earlier than returning to Toro Rosso, who formally re-named as AlphaTauri.
Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are every locked down as Ferrari’s duo till the top of the 2024 marketing campaign. George Russell has solely simply joined Mercedes on a long-term deal, though there have been rumours Lewis Hamilton might go away the Silver Arrows forward of his 2024 contract expiry. Gasly had been linked to return to Crimson Bull subsequent season amid his constant type during the last couple of seasons and with Perez’s deal because of expire however that won’t be the case.
Massa has been impressed by Gasly and stated throughout a current look on F1 TV: “The performances from him, that he is exhibiting, for a very long time already, he is unbelievable.” The Brazilian reiterated his perception that Gasly is just too good for F1’s greater outfits to maintain ignoring him, highlighting his efficiency in Monte Carlo as proof.
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Sergio Perez just lately signed a brand new Crimson Bull deal (Picture: Getty)
“He was actually fast all weekend [in Monaco],” added Massa. “In qualifying, it did not work effectively, the technique, the purple flag. Issues did not work within the excellent means.
“He wants automotive as a result of he is exhibiting that he can drive a prime automotive, he is exhibiting us that he can battle, even for victories.” Gasly received the Italian Grand Prix throughout his maiden yr with AlphaTauri however has only one podium end because the begin of 2021.
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Felipe Massa has tipped Pierre Gasly to improve (Picture: Getty)
The Frenchman completed ninth general final yr and at present sits 14th within the standings. Though it has been a yr since his final podium end, Gasly continues to draw plaudits following some important overtakes in Monaco.
Regardless of his failure to provide a podium end result throughout his earlier trial in Milton Keynes, Gasly has proven he could also be value one other gamble in an elite seat. Having proven he can produce at that degree in an inferior automotive, Massa believes F1’s ‘massive three’ could be unwise to overlook out as he enters a key stage in his profession.
Nevertheless, Perez has nailed down a spot as Verstappen’s team-mate for the subsequent few seasons following a few of his personal spectacular performances. The Mexican received the final race in Monaco and is effectively within the hunt for the championship this season, sitting simply 15 factors behind Verstappen and 6 behind Ferrari’s Leclerc in third place.