Mexican driver Sergio Perez will substitute Alexander Albon at Red Bull subsequent season, the Formula One outfit introduced on Friday. Perez, who was out of contract with Racing Point, will race alongside Max Verstappen for the Milton Keynes-based staff in 2021. The widespread driver put himself within the body to interchange the inconsistent Albon with a stirring first ever F1 win on the 190th try at Sakhir in Bahrain within the penultimate race of the season simply ended. “The chance to race for a championship contending team is something I have been hoping for since I joined Formula One and it will be a proud moment to step onto the grid in Red Bull colours alongside Max,” Perez stated.
Red Bull staff principal Christian Horner reckoned that they had picked the proper associate for Verstappen.
“Having taken our time to evaluate all the relevant data and performances we have decided that Sergio is the right driver to partner Max for 2021.”
Albon had an up-and-down first full season within the position however Horner stated the London-born Thai would stay a invaluable a part of the Red Bull set-up.
“Alex remains an important part of our team as test and reserve driver with a key focus on 2022 development and we would like to thank him for his hard work and contribution,” he stated.
Before the decision from Red Bull, Perez was eyeing a season off after his seat at Racing Point was handed to Sebastian Vettel, the four-time former world champion let go by Ferrari.
He had bid a tearful farewell to Racing Point after retiring from the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final weekend.
Albon had completed fourth in Sunday’s race, gained by Perez’s new teammate Verstappen with a lights-to-flag victory within the main Red Bull.
Perez stated after the race: “Who knows what will happen next? I am just looking forward to going back home. Whatever comes next, I will be ready for it.”
Five days on and along with his 2021 future secured he vowed: “You can be sure that I will give next season my full focus.
“The staff has the identical profitable mentality as me and I do know I’m right here to carry out and assist the staff struggle for one more title.”
The week before Yas Marina, the 30-year-old Mexican had driven from last position, after a first-lap collision, to top a memorable podium alongside Renault’s Esteban Ocon and his Racing Point team-mate Lance Stroll.
His success left him weeping in his cockpit at the end of his penultimate race with Racing Point, and at the same time caught the eye of the Red Bull garage.
Friday’s statement from his new employers noted: “Sergio made his Grand Prix debut in 2011 and since then has turn into one of many sport’s most constant performers and tenacious racers.
“Sergio’s recent run of form and victory at the Sakhir Grand Prix made him the favoured choice to join Red Bull Racing, initially on a one-year contract.”
Perez’ welcome job supply comes as Lewis Hamilton is poised to place pen to paper on a brand new take care of Mercedes.
Mercedes all however confirmed their seven-time world champion would drive for them subsequent season on Thursday.
A submit on the staff’s official Twitter account carried the hashtag “announce” accompanied by the “coming soon” and “pen” emojis, together with a quote from Hamilton expressing his want to stick with Mercedes.
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