SERGIO PEREZ claimed that the tip of his time at his former racing workforce was “like being with a spouse you’ll divorce”.
Sergio Perez extends contract with Purple Bull Racing till 2024
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Sergio Perez, 32, races in Canada at present as he seeks to capitalise on his second-place end ultimately week’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Mexican driver is within the hunt to make up floor on his Purple Bull teammate Max Verstappen, who sits first within the 2022 standings and was victorious in Baku. The Azerbaijan GP noticed Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc pushed again into third within the total standings.
It got here after he failed to complete as a result of an engine failure in his automotive, marking his second retirement in three races.
Perez’s newest race comes after Purple Bull determined to retain him alongside Verstappen final summer time.
The driving force signed for the workforce in December 2020, simply months after he was let go by Racing Level – now Aston Martin – earlier than the season had ended.
Following the announcement of his shock departure, Perez revealed that it was “like being with a spouse you’ll divorce”, realizing that he nonetheless needed to race for the workforce.
Talking to Channel 4 a month after the announcement, he mentioned: “It’s actually unusual.
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Sergio Perez heartbreak as workforce’s therapy ‘like being with a spouse you’ll divorce’ (Picture: GETTY)
Sergio Perez: At Azerbaijan GP (Picture: GETTY)
“It’s like being with a spouse that you just already know in two months’ time you’re going to get divorced.”
Nonetheless, the driving force additionally admitted that he was not too offended at his exit and understood “it’s simply a part of the sport”.
He continued: “I’ve been right here for thus a few years earlier than and in comparable positions, completely different positions, it’s simply a part of the sport.
“I come right here, I do my job on-track and off-track, I’ve to guarantee that I ship 100%.
“This workforce has been super to me. We’ve been collectively for seven years, I’ve lots of buddies right here.
Perez: Was launched by Racing Level (Picture: GETTY)
“So, I simply wish to end my profession with them on a excessive and [make sure] that we at all times keep in mind our time with lots of pleasure.”
The driving force was additionally requested about whether or not the state of affairs had made him query if he needed to stay within the sport sooner or later.
He mentioned: “Being on this state of affairs you give it a thought, it’s additionally a chance, so I’m actually relaxed on what comes up.
“I really feel that I’ve been in a very lucky place as nicely to have a profession in Formulation 1. Today it’s extraordinarily tough and I’m happy with that.
“I clearly wish to keep it up, I’m so hungry, I really feel that I’m on the peak of my profession, that my subsequent years are going to be the most effective.
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“However I want to have the ability to discover one thing extraordinarily good to have the ability to hold going.”
Staff Principal Otmar Szafnauer, who additionally left the workforce this 12 months, paid tribute to the driving force, who’s nicknamed ‘Checo’.
He mentioned: “Checo has been a part of the Silverstone household for seven years and in that point has turn out to be probably the most full drivers on the grid.
“Blisteringly fast on Saturday and Sunday, he’s established his repute as a tenacious racer and collectively now we have loved some implausible moments.
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“If there was ever a sniff of a podium, Checo was able to pounce, and people 5 podiums signify among the most interesting days within the historical past of this workforce.
“Outdoors of the automotive, Checo is a real character and good friend, and it’s been a pleasure working with him for such a very long time.
“Though we are going to say goodbye on the finish of the 12 months, there are nonetheless 9 races to go and loads of alternatives for Checo to make some extra particular recollections with this workforce.”
Construct-up to the Canadian Grand Prix can be proven on Sky Sports activities F1 from 5.30pm this afternoon.