Mexican Sergio Pérez will replace Thailand’s Alexander Albon at Red Bull in 2021 alongside Dutchman Max Verstappen, the F1 team said in a statement Friday.
After this announcement, there is only one question mark that is not really one about the starting grid next season: defending champion Lewis Hamilton, who will be 36 in January, renegotiates his contract with Mercedes .
Pérez, 30 years old, ran ten seasons in the premier class, that is 191 Grands Prix. It has not been retained for next year by its Racing Point team, which has chosen to bet on the quadruple German world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Ten times on the podium since his debut, Pérez (passed by Sauber in 2011-2012, McLaren in 2013 and Force India / Racing Point since 2014) finally won a victory, at the end of 2020, at the GP of Sakhir in Bahrain. And he has just completed his best season with fourth place in the championship (with 125 points).
It will be interesting to see how the Mexican, known for his strong character, will cohabit with Verstappen, also a strong head and especially darling of his bosses Christian Horner and Helmut Marko.
On the side of Red Bull, it is a new twist in the difficult succession of the Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who left in 2019. And, exceptionally, it is for once calling on a driver who is not from his sector . Next year, Albon will remain at Red Bull, but as a reserve driver.