Another piece of the 2022 puzzle has been filled today with confirmation from Red Bull Racing that they will continue with Sergio Perez next year.
The 31-year-old Mexican sits P5 in the 2021 Drivers’ Championship at present, four points behind Valtteri Bottas and nine adrift of Lando Norris.
Despite struggling to get near Verstappen on a Saturday afternoon like Alex Albon and Pierre Gasly before him, Perez has shown strong pace on Sunday afternoons, taking his first win with Red Bull in Azerbaijan and backing it up with a podium finish at the French Grand Prix.
Perez says he’s really happy to continue with Red Bull Racing, whilst team boss Christian Horner says that they have been impressed by his performances in 2021 so far.
“I’m really happy to be continuing with a great team like Red Bull into the new era of Formula One and it’s a great opportunity for me. Everyone starts from zero next year with the new regulations, so my only goal is to go all the way to the top with Red Bull. It always takes time to get on top of everything when you join a new team but things have worked well this season and I really enjoy being a part of the Red Bull family. We’ve been working hard to deliver results so it’s great to see the Team have faith in me for the future. We have so much more to achieve together and we still have a great challenge on our hands this season so I really hope we can finish the year on a high and carry that momentum into 2022. I want to thank all my supporters around the world and especially those in Mexico. From my sponsors to my fans, they have been so enthusiastic since I joined Red Bull so I really hope we can reward them by reaching the top and winning the title.”
“Checo is a highly respected Team member and his experience and race-craft are invaluable as we fight for the Constructors’ Championship. His integration into the wider Team has been seamless and we have been impressed by his performances during the first half of the season which demonstrate what he’s capable of in our car. Next year we move into a new era of Formula One with completely revised regulations and cars, and with over 200 races and a decade of experience under his belt, Checo will play an integral role in helping the Team navigate this transition and maximise the RB18. Our current attention is on ending the 2021 season as strongly as possible and we look forward to seeing Checo build on a first successful season with the Team.”