Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain Global Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December six, 2020 Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates right after profitable the race
Mexican Sergio Perez will change Alexander Albon at Pink Bull future season as the previous Formula Just one champions established their sights on providing dominant rivals Mercedes a run for their money.
The thirty-year-old Perez, a winner for Racing Level in Bahrain this thirty day period, will slot in together with Dutchman Max Verstappen with Albon relegated to the role of check and reserve driver.
“We want to discipline the strongest workforce we can to choose the combat to Mercedes,” explained workforce manager Christian Horner whose workforce finished next in the total standings profitable two of this season’s 17 races as opposed to champions Mercedes’ thirteen.
“Sergio’s bought the needed amount of encounter, provides a wealth of knowledge to the workforce as well and I feel will be a fantastic workforce mate for Max future year.”
Perez has lost his seat for future year at Racing Level, who will compete as Aston Martin, to four-moments winner Sebastian Vettel and the Mexican had indicated that he would choose a sabbatical in 2021 if he unsuccessful to land the Pink Bull push.
The move hands him a next shot at a top seat right after he spent a season at McLaren as Lewis Hamilton’s substitute when the Briton left for Mercedes in 2013.
It would make him the to start with driver outside Pink Bull’s youthful driver advancement plan to race for the workforce considering that Mark Webber retired at the stop of that year.
‘EARNED THE SEAT’
“It’s unattainable to dismiss Sergio’s efficiency this year,” explained Horner. “He’s attained the seat.”
Perez, who provides sizeable backing from Mexico and made his F1 debut with Sauber in 2011, finished fourth in the total standings powering Verstappen even with missing two races owing to COVID-19.
He took two podiums, such as his Sakhir Grand Prix get, in 2020 to bring his job tally to 10 rostrum finishes from 191 begins.
The only Latin American driver in the activity and the to start with Mexican to get in F1 for 50 a long time, Perez has spent the last 7 seasons at Racing Level, owning joined the workforce when it was even now Force India.
He was instrumental in securing the money-strapped team’s potential in 2018 when it was bought out of administration by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, whose son Lance races the outfit’s other motor vehicle.
Horner, who fielded Perez as an up and coming youthful driver in his GP2 workforce, explained that with the Mexican Pink Bull would have a improved probability of having the combat to Mercedes with the two of their cars.
This year Verstappen was more generally than not left to choose the combat to the German team’s two cars by himself.
As for Albon, who finished seventh in the standings level with McLaren’s Ferrari-sure Spaniard Carlos Sainz, Horner explained the 24-year-old was identified to locate his way back to a race seat.
“We will see how instances unfold for 2022 both inside of Pink Bull or external of Pink Bull,” explained Horner.
Perez’s Pink Bull confirmation leaves only Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes seat in perform.
But the 35-year-old, who wrapped up a record-equalling seventh earth title this season, is envisioned to remain with Mercedes.
(Reporting by Abhishek Takle modifying by Toby Davis and Ken Ferris)