Sergio Perez ‘Incredibly Grateful to Red Bull’ for Fulfilling Lifelong F1 Dream

Published 12/18/2020, 9:26 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium with sparkling wine after finishing the race in second place Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu


It looked all over for Sergio Perez when Racing Point sacked him earlier this season for 2021 and beyond. He was pushed to the extent of taking a sabbatical for 2021. However, in a sudden turn of events, the Mexican has finally received a golden opportunity to revive his title-winning hopes.

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Perez will join the Red Bull Racing team under a one-year contract for the 2021 season, lining up alongside the flying Dutchman, Max Verstappen. This is definitely a star-studded line-up, and all eyes will be on the potential hard battle between the two drivers, going into next year.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates with his team after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Following the sensational announcement from Red Bull, the Mexican, too, released a statement of his own.

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I am incredibly grateful to Red Bull for giving me the opportunity to race for Red Bull Racing in 2021. The chance to race for a championship-contending team is something I have been hoping for since I joined Formula One. And it will be a proud moment to step onto the grid in Red Bull colours alongside Max,” Perez’s statement read.
You can be sure that I will give next season my full focus. The Team has the same winning mentality as me and I know I am here to perform and help the Team fight for another title,” the statement added.

Red Bull Racing is the fifth team Perez will be racing for. The other teams were Sauber, McLaren, Force India, and finally Racing Point.

Incredible 2020 season earns Sergio Perez a Red Bull seat

Ever since Perez was left out of the grid for 2021, fans were distraught to see the in-form driver being shown the door. The seats were filling up fast and his chances of hanging onto the grid for 2021 were diminishing.

He had Haas and Williams as options apart from the Red Bull, which looked unlikely at that time.

Yet, he chose to wait, while those two options drained away as well. In the end, he just had a handful of races to prove his worth to his last option, Red Bull. And he did that to perfection.

His incredible drives at the Turkish Grand Prix and Sakhir Grand Prix may have reignited the talks of his switch to Red Bull.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

His 2020 season was unquestionably impressive. Despite missing out on two race weekends, the Mexican finished the season in P4, only behind the Mercedes cars and Verstappen.

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Of course, he could have been much closer to the Dutchman if not for the strategy mishaps by Racing Point, and the untimely engine failures.

However, he would not be worried about the missed opportunities, as the Mexican will no longer drive for a mid-field team. Hence, he can clearly see more podium opportunities approaching him through the next season, and potentially beyond that too.

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In the bigger picture, a Perez versus Max contest will be juicy combat. Can the Mexican give the undefeatable Red Bull teammate a tough time?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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