Max Verstappen Responds to Red Bull Second Seat Conundrum Amid Perez F1 Saga

Published 08/26/2021, 7:01 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


The focus of the drivers’ market has predominantly been on the second Mercedes seat; many forget that Sergio Perez’s appearance next year isn’t confirmed either. In an exclusive interview with Motorsport, Max Verstappen shares his thoughts on the future of the Red Bull sister car.

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The championship protagonist simply stated, “I’ve not really thought about that. I’m very focused on this year and we’ll see what happens next year.”

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race with third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez Pool via REUTERS/Nicolas Tucat

As the team’s number one driver, the role of the second driver would be crucial. While Sergio Perez has been doing a good job as a second driver, he hasn’t had the best individual performance. Has the curse of the Red Bull seat struck again with the Mexican?

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Racing alongside Max Verstappen

Being Max Verstappen’s teammate is no simple job. The championship contender has easily become a rising star of the sport. Additionally, being in a sport where your teammate is the benchmark; becomes a lot of pressure to deal with.

Max Verstappen seems to like Perez though, “I think so far it’s been great and to be able to work together now upfront to get the best result for the team is what you want.” Commenting on Checo’s future with the team, he said, “For sure, I would want that to continue. And yes, he’s a great teammate and we can have a lot of fun as well.”

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On the other hand, team boss Helmut Marko isn’t too happy with Perez. Marko is rumored to scout for younger talent. Keeping Gasly and Albon out of the picture, he may look for an F2 or F3 candidate for the seat.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race with third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez Pool via REUTERS/Nicolas Tucat

Additionally, Christian Horner has suggested that Checo will stay with the team. He praised Perez, saying, “I think Sergio has delivered the role that we’ve been hoping for.” Moreover, he added, “He’s been collecting those constructors’ points, and playing the team game… He’s a great team player and we’re very happy with the job he’s doing.

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Verstappen is away from the confusion, secure in his seat, and focused on the win. Heading to two consecutive home races, will the Lion retrieve his championship position.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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