Max Verstappen has already made it clear that he doesn’t wish to be thought of Red Bull‘s primary driver, regardless of a collection of dominant performances forcing Sergio Perez to weigh up his future with the group. The Mexican has now gone 10 races with no victory as he struggles to maintain tempo within the Drivers’ Championship.
Perez is approaching the house stretch of his third season at Pink Bull, having joined from Racing Level in 2021. Verstappen has gained the world title within the two accomplished seasons since, and the Dutchman is on the right track to make it three over the approaching weeks.
With a deal till the tip of 2024, Perez is contractually secure to have one other crack at glory with Pink Bull for not less than yet another yr. However the veteran F1 star lately hinted that he may assess his choices concerning a untimely exit.
“With the season now we have had, it is very important maintain the subsequent races in an atmosphere the place I really feel I can contribute,” the 33-year-old informed DAZN.
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“And if that place for 2024 isn’t right here, we should search for different options. I’ve a contract till subsequent yr and in some unspecified time in the future subsequent yr we’ll sit down and speak.”
The 145-point hole between the 2 team-mates within the Drivers’ Championship makes it abundantly clear that Verstappen is the principle man at Pink Bull. However the 25-year-old made it clear through the early levels of his partnership with Perez that he’s not eager on the notion of a ‘primary’ and ‘quantity two’ inside the group.
“I don’t wish to put it that approach,” he mentioned. “In the long run, now we have the identical possibilities. You must be revered, in fact, however I don’t need to be favoured. I don’t assume I would like that both and ultimately it’s not good for the group if it’s that approach the entire time.”
F1 followers are eager to see Pink Bull swoop for a driver who can readily take the combat to Verstappen on the entrance of the sector. Staff advisor Helmut Marko lately admitted that McLaren’s Lando Norris is admired, though his long-term contract may current issues.
“Perez isn’t constant,” Marko informed Servus TV. “He’s not at all times centered. However he has a contract till 2024 and Lando Norris has a contract till 2025. Unlucky that it’s for therefore lengthy as a result of he can be one of many candidates.
“We had already reached an settlement with Norris for Toro Rosso on the time, till his supervisor realised that there was an choice within the contract with McLaren. However by way of youth and pace, he would go well with us very nicely.”