Sergio Perez’s agent Julian Jacobi has been speaking with other teams for “weeks”, aware of Lawrence Stroll’s interest in signing Sebastian Vettel.
Dropped by Ferrari, who informed him that they would not be offering him a new deal for 2021, Vettel is currently job hunting.
The German has had the door to Mercedes, Renault and Red Bull closed on him but while it was thought that Racing Point, which will run under the Aston Martin brand next season, was also not an option, that story changed earlier this week.
Bild reported that Racing Point owner Stroll was keen to bring Vettel into the fold and had triggered a buy-out clause in Perez’s deal that would see the Mexican driver leave the team two years early.
ESPN Mexico is reporting the same, but from the Perez angle.
According to the publication, ‘Perez is aware of the deal between Lawrence Stroll, owner of the team, and the Germany’s Vettel, so his agent Julian Jacobi has been working for weeks on the best option for Checo Perez’ for 2021.
Jacobi is the former manager of Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna and Juan Pablo Montoya.
ESPN claims Perez’s two best options are Haas and Alfa Romeo, taking either Romain Grosjean or Kimi Raikkonen’s seats.
Grosjean barely held onto his race seat for this year’s championship, many believing Haas had finally grown tired of the drivers hot and cold results, while Raikkonen has admitted this could be his final season in Formula 1 as the 40-year-old considers a life in retirement.
The report adds that it is ‘highly unlikely that Perez will choose to run in another series’.
The other option is that it isn’t Perez who leaves Racing Point, soon to be Aston Martin, but rather Lance Stroll.
Although he is the son of the team’s owner, ESPN says Stroll is a ‘competitive businessman and Sergio Perez is not only a faster and more experienced driver, he has a sponsorship package with him that is helpful to the team’s finances’.
However, it concedes that is ‘far-fetched’ given the millions that the Canadian businessman has already plugged into his son’s career.
Racing Point has until 31st July 2021 to trigger Perez’s exit clause with the team said to be wanting to announce Vettel on 2 August at Silverstone.