With Sergio Perez set to depart Racing Level on the finish of the 2020 System 1 season, is he all the way down to only one choice for 2021?
Sergio Perez is aware of he won’t be back with Racing Point, that are set to be rebranded as Aston Martin for subsequent yr, for the 2021 Formula 1 season, and he nonetheless doesn’t have a experience lined up past the conclusion of 2020.
Perez is in the midst of a career year, however that success, coupled along with his monetary backing, wasn’t sufficient to steer Racing Level to convey him again for 2021, although he signed a multi-year contract extension with the team last year.
He’s set to be replaced by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who is about to maneuver on from Ferrari after six seasons, presumably alongside Lance Stroll.
Stroll has but to be confirmed by the group for 2021, however because the son of group proprietor Lawrence Stroll, it’s mainly a lock, particularly since Perez is not going to be again.
Perez, whose 188 begins rank second all-time amongst winless drivers, is having an distinctive season that ought to be garnering him all types of seems from different high groups. Regardless of lacking two races after testing optimistic for COVID-19, he sits in fourth place within the driver standings by means of 14 of 17 races on the schedule with 100 factors because the “better of the remaining”, trailing solely the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas and Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen.
His present career-high finishes within the standings are seventh place from 2016 and 2017, and his career-high single-season level complete is 101 from 2016.
However he has successfully confirmed that it’s Pink Bull or bust for 2021, regardless of not explicitly naming the Milton Keynes-based group as a possible touchdown spot.
Here’s what Perez needed to say in regards to the matter, according to WTF1.
“If I don’t have System 1 subsequent yr, I don’t see myself doing the rest. I’ll take a yr to contemplate what I wish to do, [see if] I miss it. Most different drivers, they retire and after six months they go mad they usually wish to do no matter is out there. So, I’ve to see. I’ve by no means skilled that my entire life.
“I’ve to see life out of the game. How it’s, the way it fits me after which see if I miss it or I simply wish to keep it up with that life. I’ve been right here so a few years. I wish to preserve going. I believe I’m on the peak of my profession, however I additionally wish to preserve going with a cause, with a plan and with a superb undertaking. I believe if there’s not a superb undertaking that retains my motivation to provide 100%, I’d relatively not take it.”
Pink Bull are certainly one of solely 4 groups that haven’t solidified their driver lineups for subsequent yr, however they’re the one group for which there appears to be any remaining uncertainty. They sit in second place behind Mercedes within the constructor standings and could be a aggressive touchdown spot for anyone.
Alexander Albon doesn’t have a contract to compete alongside Verstappen subsequent yr, and his struggles all through the 2020 season have left many questioning if he shall be again in 2021; he sits all the way in which down in ninth place within the driver standings. Nico Hulkenberg has additionally been mentioned as a alternative choice, ought to Albon be launched and Perez handed up.
Mercedes nonetheless haven’t re-signed Hamilton alongside Bottas for subsequent yr, though it seems as if it is just a matter of time earlier than that occurs, and AlphaTauri haven’t confirmed who will drive alongside Pierre Gasly, though experiences counsel that Red Bull junior driver Yuki Tsunoda will be promoted from Formula 2.
Haas have technically not solidified their driver lineup for subsequent yr, however Perez was successfully dominated on the market some time in the past. Experiences additionally counsel that System 2 drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin have already signed offers to compete because the rookie replacements for Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.