“A definitive account by people who know” – Martin Brandl shares the truth about Sergio Perez’s fate | F1

“A definitive account by people who know” – Martin Brandl shares the truth about Sergio Perez’s fate |  F1

Sky F1 insists Red Bull intend to retain Perez for 2024, the final year of his contract, despite a constructive narrative suggesting he could be ruled out.

Perez’s accident on the first lap of his home race in Mexico was another setback to his hopes, however Brundle shared what he heard on the vine.

“I’ll stick to what I said in the last two races,” Brundle said.

“I think Red Bull definitely wants to continue managing Perez next year and will do everything in their power to do so.

“There is a contract in place and they don’t want to change for any number of reasons.

“That’s what they’re aiming for right now.

“I’ve been told categorically – by people who know – that it’s not about getting second in the championship.

“He definitely needs three strong races or where is he in his head going forward?

“Right now, Perez has the Red Bull seat next year. No doubt about it.”

Naomi Schiff added: “It must be said that although Max dominated the season, the race behind Red Bull was strong.

“Now we have McLaren, Mercedes and Ferrari with drivers very close to each other, in competitive cars.

“Can Red Bull afford to have a non-points driver, when the competition could be tougher next year?”

“If you were looking for a driver now, you probably wouldn’t sign Sergio,” Brundle replied.

“He follows…”

Perez finished third in the sprint at the Formula 1 Sao Paulo Grand Prix which Red Bull boss Christian Horner insists will give him much-needed confidence.

“Red Bull will think he is a definite candidate”

But the continued presence of Daniel Ricciardo, with Red Bull’s sister team AlphaTauri, will remain a constant measuring stick for Perez.

When asked how likely it was that Ricciardo could be a potential replacement for Perez next year, Schiff replied: “From my point of view, I think it is quite realistic.

“At least, if you look at the Red Bull camp, the sister team, and the talent they have on their roster, he’s probably the next favorite at the moment.

“What he did in Mexico proves that Daniel Ricciardo is back – to some extent.

“His time at McLaren was absolutely miserable.

“We all wondered, including himself. What happened to Daniel Ricciardo?” Because he was always a great driver.

He added: “Moments like this show that when he gets the car, he can succeed.

“Red Bull will look at a result like this and think he is a definite favourite.”

    (tags for translation) Sergio Perez 

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