Team boss Christian Horner wants results
Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez may have recently signed a new two-year deal with Red Bull, but team boss Christian Horner wants results and has cautioned that nothing is guaranteed with regards to his future in Formula 1.
It is likely that Perez will race with Red Bull for the next two years at least, but the team wants its second driver to be as competitive as possible, just like teammate Max Verstappen.
Should Perez not perform as expected of him, there are drivers in the junior program who will be desperate for a chance with the main team.
“Well, obviously by taking up that option on Sergio for the next couple of years,” Horner told the Cambridge Union, “it locks out the seat unless he absolutely doesn’t deliver for whatever reason, in 2023, or beginning of 2024.
“So for somebody like Pierre Gasly, that’s incredibly frustrating, or Alex [Albon] because it’s locked out that seat.
“What we’ll do is try and assist to keep them in Formula 1 so that we still have the ability to look at their talent and see how that’s emerging.
“Because Sergio is not getting any younger, he’s 32 years of age now, and this may well be the last contract he signs.”
The new contract gives Perez some security, but he can’t afford to rest on his laurels with the likes of Gasly and Albon waiting in the wings.
Who could replace Perez at Red Bull?
Three are the drivers who have their sights set on taking Sergio Perez‘s place.
Whether it’s because his contract expires in 2024 or because of poor results, these three promising drivers are all waiting to take a seat at Red Bull.
Yuki Tsunoda, Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon are the first names on the list. The latter pair were already at Red Bull, but poor results meant they were moved on in order to make way for the Mexican.
With Gasly, patience was not rewarded, as after Monaco his hopes of moving to Red Bull were dashed and now he has just renewed his contract with AlphaTauri.