Perez: It’s Red Bull or no racing at all in 2021

Jamie Woodhouse
Sergio Perez

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

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez has confirmed that in 2021 he will either be racing with Red Bull or not racing at all.

The Mexican driver is currently leading the midfield battle in P4 in the Drivers’ Championship, but that isn’t enough to save his Racing Point seat for 2021 which instead will go to Sebastian Vettel as the Silverstone outfit welcome in the Aston Martin era.

And as for Perez’s own future, well it seems Red Bull are the only option left on the table for 2021 that interests him.

Surely Red Bull will hold an interest in a driver who has finished in the points at every race he has entered this season? But, if they don’t, then Perez says he won’t race anywhere at all in 2021.

“There’s only one option, I’ve been here so many years, I want to keep going, I think I’m at the peak of my career,” he told reporters ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

“But I also want to keep going with a reason, with a plan, with a good project. So I think if there’s not a good project that keeps my motivation to give 100%, I’d rather not take it.

“I think if I don’t have [a] Formula 1 [seat] next year I don’t see myself doing anything else. I will take a year to consider what I want to do, [whether] I really miss it.

“Most other drivers, they retire and after six months they go mad and they want to do whatever is available. So I have to see. I’ve never experienced that my whole life.

“So I have to see also the life out of the sport, how it is, how it suits me and then see if I miss it or I just want to carry on with that life.”

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Red Bull are keen to give Alex Albon as long as possible to prove he is worthy of a seat for 2021, even if that means until waiting for the season to end in Abu Dhabi.

All this means Perez is simply “waiting on the decision, what they decide to do”.

“That’s out of my hands. So I’m just approaching these three races as usual trying to focus on the job, keep delivering and the rest is out of my hands,” he concluded.

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