Sergio Perez Opens up on His Exit Clause Which Could See Sebastian Vettel Joining Aston Martin in 2021

Published 07/21/2020, 1:29 AM EDT


When rumors of Sebastian Vettel joining Aston Martin first surfaced, many believed that the German would be partnering Sergio Perez. Considering the validity of the Mexican’s contract, up until 2022, Vettel replacing Stroll seemed the more likely option.

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However, recent reports claim that Perez has an exit clause in his contract. Racing Point can trigger a premature departure to make way for Vettel at the expense of Sergio Perez.

Sergio Perez: I wouldn’t kick my son out

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In an ideal world, Perez would be teaming up with Vettel to lead the Aston Martin F1 team into the future. Stroll isn’t a poor driver by any means, but having the experience of Vettel and Perez would’ve greatly benefited the Aston Martin brand name.

Having a 4-time World Champion in Vettel and banking on Perez’s experience and backing would have resulted in a solid driver pairing. Unfortunately, Perez won’t be a part of the Aston Martin project, should Vettel or another driver join the team.

In a recent interview with Movistar+ F1, Perez revealed that he would have to leave the team if the situation arises.

“I think [the choice] is obvious if someone has to go,” said Perez as quoted by Autosport. “I’m a dad, I wouldn’t kick my son out, but there’s not much I can say.

“There are many [rumors] around. From me, nothing – everything remains the same. I have a contract with the team.”

The Mexican also acknowledged the aforementioned exit clause. Perez revealed the clause had something to do with his sponsorships, a major asset that Perez brings to the team.

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“In all contracts, there are always clauses. It is a bit related to sponsorship. That can open that clause. But we’re working hard with all our sponsors so that this does not happen.”

Racing Point hasn’t confirmed any significant developments with Vettel, but also crucially, haven’t denied the same.

Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer has been overly cautious with his remarks whenever he’s referenced the German. Szafnauer did reveal that the team intended to honor the drivers’ contracts, which could mean anything.

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For a man who’s been associated with Racing Point since its Force India days of glory and despair, Perez walking away just before a major transformation is a shame.

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Abhishek Bharadwaj is an F1 author and content strategist at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in January 2020, he has over 700 articles to his name. While he was first introduced to the world of F1 in 2006, he started religiously following the sport in 2012 and has had an undying passion for it ever since.

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