Perez keeping 2021 talks private out of ‘respect’

Michelle Foster
Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez will either race for Red Bull in 2021 or not race at all.

Sergio Perez won’t be spilling the beans on his talks with potential 2021 teams, saying he is choosing to “respect” their current line ups.

Last month Perez was dropped by Racing Point, informed by the team that his seat would be taken by Sebastian Vettel.

Although Perez had a contract in place for 2021, team owner Lawrence Stroll wanted Vettel alongside his son, Lance, and paid the Mexican driver off.

Perez has no intention of taking the money and running. Instead he wants a new job in Formula 1.

The 30-year-old has been linked to Alfa Romeo and Haas with the latter emerging as his more likely destination.

According to reports, Perez could partner Callum Ilott at the American team next season.

Perez, though, isn’t giving away any clues.

“There has been obviously contact with a couple of teams and talks,” he said.

“I think in the next week or so, I will know exactly what is a realistic option, and what isn’t.

“But obviously that is something I will keep between the teams and myself.

“I think everyone deserves the respect. They have current drivers, they have current discussions.

“It’s something I will definitely keep for myself.”

Sergio Perez

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Perez has made it clear that he won’t stay in Formula 1 unless he believes in the project.

Instead of just making up the numbers, he’d rather take a year out and return to the grid in 2022.

“I have no idea [what happens next] but I’m very excited,” he told Sky F1.

“After 10 years in the sport I want a challenge that motivates me to give my 100 per cent on every single lap, every single morning to go and train and travel around the world. I need that.

“If I don’t find that, I won’t stay in the sport.

“I might take a year out, see what options come in a year after, or I might look for another series. Or retire. Every scenario, none of them are bad options.”

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