‘Right Driver To Partner Max’- Red Bull Delighted To Have Perez In The Team For 2021

Published 12/18/2020, 9:26 AM EST
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


Red Bull Racing announced the long-awaited decision of Max Verstappen’s teammate for 2021. A deserving candidate in Sergio Perez will take up the responsibility of fulfilling those expectations next season.

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The Austrian outfit had always indicated that it would make the decision only after the 2020 F1 season. After considering the pros and cons, they have now brought in ‘Checo’ to provide able enforcement to Max in the races.

Speaking on the same, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner stated, “Alex is a valued member of the team and we thought long and hard about this decision.”

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Red Bull feel Perez is the ‘right driver’ to partner with Verstappen

“Having taken our time to evaluate all the relevant data and performances we have decided that Sergio is the right driver to partner Max for 2021 and look forward to welcoming him to Red Bull Racing,” concluded Horner.

SOCHI, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in a press conference during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Laurent Charniaux – Pool/Getty Images)

With most seats filled up on the F1 grid, three candidates vied for the second seat at Red Bull. But no fan would say that the choice to pick Perez over Hulkenberg and Albon was incorrect from a racing perspective.

Sergio Perez enjoyed a career-best season in 2020

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Going into the 2020 season, the frontrunners for the top-3 places were fixed with Hamilton, Bottas, and Verstappen. But the race for P4 in the drivers’ standings was always going to interest F1 fans.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

Perez drove mightily and, more importantly, with consistency in the 15 races he ran in. Securing a P4 despite missing out on two races is a truly outstanding achievement.

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Red Bull fans can now relish the prospect of seeing a talented F1 driver take to the wheel of the RB17 car next year. Needless to say, they will hope Perez adds on to the brilliant Sakhir GP win from this season.

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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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