The last Sakhir Grand Prix was a race that filled us with emotion and kept more than one of them on the edge of the seat. We have to remember that, midway through the race, the driver who was seen as the favourite to take the victory was George Russell, who was replacing Lewis Hamilton because the seven-time world champion had tested positive for Covid-19. It should be noted that a few minutes ago, the FIA, Formula 1 and Mercedes have confirmed that Lewis Hamilton has tested negative for Covid-19 and will be able to race during this week’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. On the other hand, neither George Russell nor Valtteri Bottas managed to reach the podium in the last Sakhir Grand Prix due to some strategic mistakes by Mercedes, this gave many drivers the opportunity to position themselves in places where they are not usually seen very regularly. An extremely clear example of this is the podium, in third place was Lance Stroll, in second place Esteban Ocon and the victory went to the Mexican driver from Racing Point, Sergio Perez. Today, Checo Perez commented that a large part of the team principals congratulated him, including Red Bull Racing’s main advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko.
The Mexican driver still does not have a seat for the 2021 season after it was announced that he will not continue with Racing Point, from next year it will be called Aston Martin, since Lance Stroll, son of team owner Lawrence Stroll, and Sebastian Vettel were announced as its drivers. Currently, the only viable option left to the Mexican to be able to race in the highest category of motorsport next season is Red Bull, however, the Austrian team has commented that the decision of its second driver - Max Verstappen is already confirmed - will be taken after the last race of the season, that is this week's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Alex Albon is in contention for this seat and, although he has not had surprising results, Red Bull places a large part of its trust in the British-Thai driver and that is why they have decided to wait until the last race to give him a chance to prove himself .
“I had congratulations messages pretty much from most of the team bosses in F1, including Helmut, so it was nice to have that.” Sergio commented on Thursday at the Yas Marina Circuit.
“And regarding any decision, I think what they say publicly is correct. They will make the decision at some point after the weekend. So I don’t know when that decision will be. So there’s not a lot of hurry anymore. It’s the end of the year, and it’s where we are. So we waited so long that now one week or two weeks more is to know our decision, it doesn’t change that much.” The Mexican driver affirmed.
Sergio also commented on his impressions of his first victory in Formula 1 and how it is going to impact different generations, in addition to all that it has cost him to reach the highest step of a Formula 1 podium.
“I’m a strong believer that in F1 one race doesn’t really change your life. What I’ve shown in the last 10 years, weekend after weekend, year by year, always having up and downs, but always coming to a year end with strong results.” The Racing Point driver commented. “And this year, especially you’ve seen, my year has been very, very up and down, missing two races with the Covid in such a short championship.”
“So many missed opportunities, and still we’re lying fourth in the drivers’ championship. So it’s been a very, very strong year, but also a lot of credit to the team, because they gave me a car this year, what I can show, what I’m capable of, so that’s something very special.”
We know that being constant in Formula 1 is a great advantage, not only in terms of points for the drivers 'and constructors' championships, but also for the statistics of each driver. After the victory of the Mexican driver, we can realize that all that work that cost him 10 years, has been worth it and the victory in the Sakhir Grand Prix was the reward.