Perez’s F1 future still out of his hands despite win

Date published: December 6 2020 - Jamie Woodhouse

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After winning the Sakhir Grand Prix, Sergio Perez said he will be back in 2022 if he can’t find a seat for 2021.

Red Bull remains the final opening on the 2021 grid for Perez, but only if they decide to take Alex Albon out of the line-up.

That decision surely now though is starting to sway in Perez’s favour after the Racing Point man went from the back of the grid after first-lap contact to victory at the Sakhir Grand Prix.

That was the first win of Perez’s Formula 1 career, and despite Mercedes’ meltdown at the pit stops providing a huge helping hand, he felt Racing Point won on “merit”.

Lance Stroll crossed the line P3 to secure Racing Point’s first ever double-podium.

“I’m a bit speechless, I hope I’m not dreaming because I’ve dreamt for so many years of being in this moment,” Perez told Sky F1.

“10 years…10 years it took me, after the first lap the race was again gone, same as last weekend, but it was all about not giving up, recovering, going for it, just making the best we possibly could.

“This season the luck hasn’t been with us but we’ve finally got it and I think we won on merit, the Mercedes had some issues but I think in the end my pace was strong enough to have held George who did a fantastic race today.

“I did a big mistake during the Safety Car, I locked up my front-left tyre badly, so during my first stint I had so much vibrations through understeer.

“But as soon as I recovered after the second stint I told my team ‘this car feels just like a limousine’, so easy without the vibrations.

“We’ve had tremendous pace and I think we were really strong throughout the weekend, we came here thinking it was going to be a two-stop, but straight after my long run on Friday we knew what we had to do today.”

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Perez reiterated that a 2021 drive is out of his hands right now, but either way he will be around in 2022.

“It just gets me a bit more peaceful with myself to be honest,” he admitted when asked if winning the Sakhir Grand Prix raises his stock.

“What happens is not so much in my hands at the moment, but I want to keep going so if I’m not on the grid next year I’ll be back in ’22.”

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