Sergio Perez admits Red Bull is his only option in Formula 1 2021

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Sergio Perez believes that “must be the right project” for him to sign with a team for next season.

Sergio Perez believes that “must be the right project” for him to sign with a team for next season.

Sergio Perez has admitted that getting a Red Bull record alongside Max Verstappen is now his only option to stay in Formula 1 for 2021, and says he would appreciate the chance to nail the “hot seat”.

Perez has just five races to go with Racing Point before leaving the squad, but the Mexican – sixth in the championship and one of the fit drivers of 2020 – is as reliable an F1 free agent as they come. and has been linked to several teams.

Williams’ speculation had grown in recent weeks, but after Grove’s team reconfirmed their drivers would stay put, Perez is focusing on Red Bull – which has one of five seats available in F1 and is considering external options. with Alex Albon in trouble.

When asked if it was Red Bull or nothing for 2021 by Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz, Perez replied, “I really see it that way.

“I want to continue in Formula 1 but I’ve always said it has to be the right project, the right package and everything has to click. It’s not like my first or second year in sports, I did 10 years. so as much as I want to continue, I know this must be the right package to continue. ”

He added during Imola’s press conference on Friday that Red Bull “is an option until they are not confirmed”, and also told F1 why he would like to face Verstappen, even after the woes by Pierre Gasly and Albon.

“It’s a little hot, isn’t it?” ” he said. “But it’s an opportunity to be with a top-level team, who are fighting Mercedes in pretty much every race.

“They’re still a bit far away, but if there’s one team that has the short-term potential to fight Mercedes, it’s Red Bull. “

Does Perez have a chance with Red Bull? Want an answer soon

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With Honda leaving F1 in 2021, Christian Horner says that instead of switching to another engine supplier, Red Bull will look to continue using Honda equipment.

With Honda leaving F1 in 2021, Christian Horner says that instead of switching to another engine supplier, Red Bull will look to continue using Honda equipment.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has insisted the team want to keep Albon for 2021, but said the 23-year-old needs to improve before the end of the season to secure a new contract.

Albon has been comfortably beaten in every qualifying session this season by Verstappen, despite having just one podium out of his teammate’s nine.

Red Bull will look outside of their driver’s program for a replacement, if they need one, with Gasly confirmed at AlphaTauri for another year despite his solid form. This puts Perez, along with his fellow free agent Nico Hulkenberg, in the running.

But Perez says he needs an answer soon.

“The only problem I have right now is timing,” he said. “Time is not on my side and I certainly have to make decisions very soon. We are approaching the end of the year and that could determine some things.

“The season is coming to an end, so I think it’s important for the teams to know what’s going on, what’s going on in the future, and for the drivers too. I’m looking at all my possible options and can’t take too much time anymore. ”

He continued in F1: “It’s important to know what I want and I think I’m pretty clear in my head what I want to do. It will just depend on whether I’m able to get it early enough or not, because I’m going to have to make some decisions on my side very soon. As we may know in this area, if you wait too long you won’t end up with nothing.

” It’s clear. I want to continue in sport and that must be with a strong project. “

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