Formula 1 Update: Sergio Perez Future, Dilemma For Red Bull

Formula 1 Update: Sergio Perez Future, Dilemma For Red Bull: Losing His Seat With Racing Points, Perez Leave Tempting Decision Making For Red Bull After Posting  Strong Performance

There is a lot of curiosity going around Red Bull Racing as they yet to announce their line up for 2021 season. The season 2020 is a prime example of how uncertain drivers market can be. A driver like Sergio Perez who grabbed the 4th spot in the drivers championship with a midfield car didn’t get a confirm seat till now. It all started with Ferrari and Vettel decided to partway.  Ferrari roped in McLaren driver Carlos Sainz, and Daniel Ricciardo took the opportunity to join McLaren. This paved the way for the return of former F1 champion, Fernando Alonso. Sergio Perez future came in jeopardy as his team Racing Point decided to rope in Vettel for their 2021 ambitions.

Perez who has been with Racing Point since Force India days had his seat confirmed until the four time world champion was not available. It is the availability of Sebastian Vettel which turned it around for Sergio Perez. Not just Sergio Perez even the quality driver like Nico Hulkenberg who impressed everyone in the limited opportunity he got in 2020 did not get a seat for 2021. Nico Hulkenberg played the super substitute role for Racing Point this year as he replaced both Perez & Stroll on different occasions.

Formula 1 2021 Teams & Their Drivers

Red Bull & Mercedes are the only teams left to confirm their 2021 Grid partners. For Mercedes and Hamilton it is just a matter of times and announcement is expected to come before Christmas. Red Bull Racing has a decision to make as they are yet to decide the partner for Max Verstappen. Red Bull are known to work with their internal talent. However, letting go a available talent like Sergio Perez can be a big mistake. Perez has been racing for decades and has featured in 193 Grand Prix races.

SN GP Driver 1 Driver 2
1 Mercedes Valtteri Bottas
2 Ferrari Charles Leclerc Carlos Sainz
3 Red Bull Racing Max Verstappen
4 Aston Martin Sebastian Vettel Lance Stroll
5 Renault Fernando Alonso Estaben Ocon
6 McLaren Daniel Ricciardo  Lando Norris
7 AlphaTauri Pierre Gasly Yuki Tsunoda
8  Alfa Romeo Kimi Raikkonen Antonio Giovinazzi
9 Haas Ferrari Nikita Mazepin Mick Schumacher
10 Williams George Russell Nicholas Latifi

Red Bull tried Gasly and Albon as the partner of Verstappen, however, none of them could produce the kind of result they expected. Having an in form experience driver can definitely boost their chances in constructor’s championship. There is a huge performance gap between Verstappen and Albon and considering the fact Red Bull pace is only second to Mercedes, his performance is concerning. Albon got beaten by Perez, Ricciarod & Carlos Sainz  who all had comparatively weaker car to race with.

Sergio Perez vs Alex Albon In Season 2020

If we take a look at the performance of season 2020. Sergio Perez featured in 15 out of the 17 races. He had to miss two race due to Corona Virus and was replaced by Nico Hulkenberg. He finished his season on high with 4th position in driver’s championship. He scored 1 race win and 1 podium and suffered 1 retirement as well. His points tally is 125 from the 15 races he featured. Alex Albon, on the other side, featured in all 17 races and suffered 1 retirement. Albon’s best performance was 3rd, he secured 2 podium finishes. However, he finished 7th in the drivers championship behind Carlos Sainz of McLaren.

SN GP Perez Albon
1 Race Featured  15  17
2 DNF 1 1
3 Highest Finish 1 3
4 Podiums 1 2
5 Lowest Finish 18 15
6  Points Scored  125  105
7 Position 4 7

Perez, Ricciarod & Sainz raced for Racing Point, Renault & McLaren respectively and Alex Albon was not able to out pace them. Considering the pace that Red Bull car got he should have easily done that. Now if Red Bull decides to rope in Perez then there will be a question mark on the role of Alex Albon because Alpa Tauri has already confirmed Yuki Tsonoda will replace Danill Kvyat for 2021. Christian Horner has some decision making to done.

What Christian Horner Red Bull Team Principal Said

Speaking to Sky Sports here what Horner has to say

“We’ve always said that we’ll go to the end of the year and then make our decision at the end of the season,” Horner told reporters after last weekend’s F1 finale in Abu Dhabi.

“We have a huge amount of data now,” Horner added. “We have all the knowledge across the various circuits that we have done, and will sit down and go through that so that we can come to the right conclusion.”

Horner on Perez As Option

“He was a very popular winner, and he’s given a great season,” he told Sky F1. “Sergio has given a very good account of himself, and a great advert for himself.”- Courtesy Sky Sports

Horner on Alex Albon Performance

“Alex has done a very good job today,” said Horner. “It’s probably been his strongest collective weekend of the season, and he’s driven a good race. That now gives us a complete set of information to go away and analyse it, work out what we’re going to do.”- Courtesy Sky Sports

Sergio Perez Future Plans

“I’m at peace with myself, whatever happens,” he said last weekend.

“There has been contact but they won’t make a decision until after the race, and it could be any time before the next season starts. From my point of view, I’ve done everything I could.

“I’m 30 years old, I’m at the peak of my career. Whatever happens, this is not my final race in Formula 1.”- – Courtesy Sky Sports

 

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