Perez senses timescale for decision on his future

Date published: July 29 2021 - Jon Wilde

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Sergio Perez expects a decision to be announced about his future in late summer, as it was in 2020 – but is hoping for a happier outcome.

In the week after last year’s Italian Grand Prix, the Mexican issued his own statement to reveal he was leaving Racing Point, who subsequently named Sebastian Vettel as his successor.

That left Perez in limbo, but three months later he joined Red Bull on a one-year contract – which he is optimistic will be extended to a second season when news is released after the summer break this time around.

It is not a cast-iron certainty, however, for although the 31-year-old has impressed at times with his new team, most notably when winning the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he is fully aware there have been various ups and downs.

“Obviously, the sooner you know your future the better,” Perez told reporters on the eve of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.

“But I am in a very comfortable position within the team, with my future, so nothing to worry about.

“I think by Belgium [race weekend from August 27-29] I will know my future, so I am comfortable how things are and [there is] no reason to look elsewhere.”

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On the plus side for Perez, he has made a sizeable contribution, with 104 points, to Red Bull being ahead of Mercedes in the Constructors’ Championship heading into the final race before the summer break.

The other side of the coin is a few scruffy races he has turned in, initially Imola and, perhaps most worryingly, the two most recent grands prix in Austria and Britain.

“I think the overall picture, I would have liked to be a bit bigger in terms of points and wins and podiums,” said Perez.

“In general terms, I think I have grown up a lot with the team, which was the target in the first 10 races, to get to know each other and the car.

“Overall, the results have not been great in one way but in the other, the pace is better than it looks and it is very small margins here and there.

“We are a couple of points away from third in the championship, we are leading the Constructors’, so there are positives to take.

“But it’s only 10 races into the season. I think the next 10 are more important.”