Perez: Best drivers not always in F1

Jamie Woodhouse
Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez says the "best drivers" don't always have a Formula 1 seat.

Sergio Perez believes his current situation shows that the “best drivers” don’t always have a seat in Formula 1.

The Mexican won his first race in Formula 1 as he took the chequered flag in a crazy Sakhir Grand Prix, while P3 for Lance Stroll secured Racing Point’s first double-podium in the series.

Only once in 2020 has Perez finished outside the points, that coming at the Bahrain GP when an engine failure saw him drop out of the race from P3, yet he doesn’t have a drive lined up for 2021.

Instead Sebastian Vettel will take over Perez’s duties as Racing Point transform into Aston Martin next year.

The final remaining seat on the 2021 grid which Perez is in the running for is at Red Bull, and the calls are growing louder for the Austrian outfit to demote Albon and put their faith in Perez.

But, even if it isn’t to be for Perez, he said he already has options for a return in 2022 when Formula 1 will introduce a raft of new regulations which should shake-up the pecking order.

“I already have some good options for 2022, but my best option is of course to race next year,” he told reporters after the Sakhir Grand Prix.

“But if I have to stop, it’s not a disaster because I can return in 2022. The regulations are going to be so strong that I don’t think it’s going to hurt me in terms of driving and finding the speed.”

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Renault’s Esteban Ocon, who finished P2 in the Sakhir GP, said it would be “not normal” if Perez doesn’t have a seat for 2021.

But Perez said the current state of Formula 1 means it’s easy for a driver to come in and grab a seat, leaving the “best drivers” out in the cold.

Ocon next season will be partnered at Renault, or Alpine as they will be known in 2021, by two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso who is making his return to the series after a two-year hiatus.

“I’m at peace with it. That’s just how F1 works,” said Perez.

“It can be very tough and unfortunately the best drivers don’t always drive in F1. We keep pushing and delivering results, that’s the best way to get it done.”

Red Bull have said that they will wait until after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to make their choice between Albon and Perez.

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