Mexican driver Sergio Perez will race alongside Max Verstappen at Red Bull next season, the Formula One team said Friday.
Perez, who will replace Alexander Albon, became Mexico’s first F1 winner in 50 years with his victory this month at the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain.
Red Bull said that historic performance helped make Perez the “favored choice” over Albon, who will remain with the team as a test and reserve driver. Perez has a one-year contract.
“Having taken our time to evaluate all the relevant data and performances we have decided that Sergio is the right driver to partner Max for 2021 and look forward to welcoming him to Red Bull Racing,” team principal Christian Horner said.
The 30-year-old Perez was facing an uncertain future after Racing Point announced in September that it would replace him with four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.
Perez is coming off his best F1 season, finishing with 125 points in fourth place. Albon was seventh with 105 points.
In his 190th race, Perez earned his first win on Dec. 6 in Bahrain. Even then, he wasn’t sure of his future, saying “if I’m not on the grid next year, I will be in 2022.”
He won’t need to wait. Red Bull said Perez is “one of the sport’s most consistent performers and tenacious racers.”
Perez was with Racing Point, which will be renamed Aston Martin, for seven seasons after making his debut in 2011.
The 24-year-old Albon had joined Red Bull in August 2019, replacing Pierre Gasly. The Britain-born Thai racer made his F1 debut that season with Toro Rosso.
“Alex is a valued member of the team and we thought long and hard about this decision,” Horner said. “Alex remains an important part of our team as test and reserve driver with a key focus on 2022 development and we would like to thank him for his hard work and contribution.”
Building up a culture and habit of eating seasonal vegetables and fruits helps one stay connected to the natural cycle of produce. Local experts weigh in on why it is not only good for our bodies, but also for the environment
The chairman and managing director of Al Adil Trading Company talks at length about how the struggles of his formative years shaped him as a person and entrepreneur
Siddique Kappan was arrested in October 2020 when he travelled to Uttar Pradesh to report on a high-profile gang rape case
Sultan Al Neyadi is now in his final weeks of training ahead of the historic 180-day mission
People subject to substance analysis cannot decline to provide specimens without a valid reason
The partnership will extend the growing portfolio and diversified offering by both organisations via development of three communities across 38.2 million sqft of land
The project involves the construction of a mega-container terminal at Tuna-Tekra through a Public-Private Partnership