Sergio Perez Reveals How Red Bull F1 Seat Prevented Him From Making a Rash Decision

Published 01/10/2022, 6:30 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Edgard Garrido


In 2020, Sergio Perez won the Sakhir Grand Prix. And surely, the jubilation of the win must’ve meant he was on cloud nine, but the Mexican knew that he was coming down, and coming down hard.

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This is because, towards the end of that season, Perez had little clue about the future and continuation of his Formula 1 career. His former team, Racing Point/Aston Martin, had told him ‘goodbye’ for 2021.

So a flying Perez towards the end of the 2020 season was in free fall. And then he got wings.

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Red Bull swooped in and signed him as the teammate for Max Verstappen for 2021, and the rest, as they say, is history. In a recent interview, Perez recalls how if it wasn’t for the Milton Keynes-based outfit, his career itself would’ve been history.

“I would probably have ended my career in Formula 1 if Red Bull didn’t give me the opportunity,” Perez said.

But fortunately for him, his fans, and Max Verstappen, Perez didn’t retire. And in a capable machine, he showed his true class and his true talent in 2021, which included an emotional and historic but unsatisfying race result for the Mexican.

Sergio Perez recalls the Mexican GP

In their season-long battle with Mercedes, Red Bull got a crucial double podium in Mexico, Checo’s home race. With his podium, he became the first Mexican driver ever to score a podium in Mexico.

“That was a very nice moment for myself and for my career because I had all of the people that had been with me since day one,” Perez spoke about it. But despite that, he added why he was unsatisfied with the result.

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“It was great, but it is not enough. I want to win my home Grand Prix one day,” the Red Bull driver said.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Sergio Perez winning a race in Mexico, that’d be something, wouldn’t it? One can only imagine the festivities and the glorious celebrations we’ll experience if Perez achieved that dream of his. But the interesting bit is, he might just do that in the coming season, considering his form, his and his car’s capabilities.

And most importantly, considering the mutual trust between him and Red Bull.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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