Horner Provides Update on Perez’s Contract Extension After Hamilton’s F1 Announcement

Published 07/03/2021, 8:29 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez celebrates with sparkling wine on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


It’s a beautiful Saturday in the Styrian hills, with its extremely high temperature and clear blue skies. It’s the perfect setting for the final free practice session, as teams get ready for another race weekend. The heat isn’t the only element in the air today. The buzzing of the word “contract” has taken over the paddocks as Hamilton extends his for another two years.

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David Croft took to the airwaves and spoke to Red Bull’s Christian Horner about Checo’s performance and pace this weekend. Then, in true Crofty style, he introduced the topic of Sergio Perez’s contract with the team. Acknowledging the Mexican‘s hard work, he said, “we will be sitting down with him in due course.” 

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

At the beginning of his debut season with Red Bull, Perez claimed he needed five races to learn and understand the car, and he lived up to it. He stood on top of the podium at Azerbaijan, the sixth race of the season, clearing any and doubts people had about him.

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Sergio Perez: a raging bull

Perez’s incredible last-to-first place victory with the Racing Point in Sakhir meant that he had Christian Horner‘s attention. With the team principal doubting his choice in Alex Albon, Sergio Perez promised an upgrade. And Horner was quick to sign the Mexican for the 2021 season.

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After what seemed to be a warm-up of five races, Perez pulled through at Baku, and he has been unstoppable since then. It is almost as if he was made for the car, and offers a perfect fit with Verstappen. Horner teasing a contract deal only assures people that he, too, believes that Red Bull has finally found the perfect second driver.

Sergio Perez has finally found his team with RBR. His equation with Verstappen only promises the team more points and the audience exciting races, and it would be nothing but a positive feeling seeing the number 11 on a Red Bull car next year.

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