Red Bull Expected to Announce Perez ‘in the Coming Week,’ Albon’s Alleged F1 Fate Revealed

Published 12/14/2020, 1:19 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Red Bull Racing fans enjoyed a glorious night at the Yas Marina Circuit at yesterday’s Abu Dhabi GP. Star driver Max Verstappen dominated the entirety of the race, while teammate Alex Albon brought home a well-deserved P4.

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If the signs on the track did not look promising enough for next year, the team might have some more good news for its fans. According to Sky F1 reporter and analyst Ted Kravitz, Sergio Perez could sign with the Red Bull team for the 2021 F1 season.

Kravitz stated, “We are expecting an announcement maybe tomorrow or maybe in the next coming week that, well we’re expecting they’re going to announce that Sergio Perez has joined the team. And Alex Albon is staying on at the team as a, you know, test and reserve driver.”

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Red Bull might sign Sergio Perez on a one-year deal or so, said Kravitz

“And maybe they might even share the drive next year. But it does look like Christian Horner and Helmut Marko have managed to convince Dietrich Mateschitz, the Red Bull boss who wanted to keep the faith with Alex Albon, to sign Sergio Perez.”

Perez enjoyed a mighty strong 2020 season, despite missing two races due to coronavirus. With a race win, a podium, and P4 in the Drivers’ standings this year, it would certainly be hard to ignore the Mexican from a seat contention.

The reporter continued, “It seems like there’s nothing to lose, maybe they’ve taken our advice. They might as well sign Checo on a one-year deal or whatever. See how it goes and if it doesn’t or if he’s not happy or can’t do the job they want him to do, they’ve always got Alex Albon in reserve. 

“It seems like a sort of elegant solution. That seems like what is going to happen,” concluded Kravitz.

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Albon delivered his best race weekend at the Abu Dhabi GP

Finishing P4, Albon looked determined all weekend to save his seat on a full-time basis for 2021. Having done all he could, the power now vests with the Red Bull bosses to take the call for the best possible drivers’ lineup for next year.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon before the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

Regardless, a solid midfielder like Perez with 10 years of F1 experience also deserves to have a seat in the sport. Now, the deal might just be closer to reality than we all possibly think.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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