The noose is tightening on Sergio Pérez, whose future in F1 will depend on the Red Bull team’s decision whether or not to extend the contract of its second driver, Thailand’s Alexander Albon, for next season.
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The Mexican driver will lose his wheel at Racing Point (which will be renamed Aston Martin) at the end of 2020 to Sebastian Vettel. He admitted, Thursday in Istanbul, in anticipation of the Turkish Grand Prix, which will take place on Sunday, that time is running out.
“There are only four Grands Prix left to go,” he said, “and I’m still not sure what my fate is. I would like to know fairly quickly what will happen in my case. “
The 30-year-old, the fourth-most experienced driver on the field with 187 starts, behind in order Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, has acknowledged that if Red Bull’s coveted seat doesn’t release, he could make a break in F1.
“It’s not the ideal situation,” he said, “but I think a gap year is unfortunately an option. “
In addition to Red Bull, the American team Haas has still not confirmed the identity of its titular drivers in 2021 although the recruitment of two rookie drivers, the German Mick Schumacher (son of Michael) and the Russian Nikita Mazepin (supported by family fortune), is the least well-kept secret in F1. As for AlphaTauri, his second wheel should be entrusted to young Japanese prospect Yuki Tsunoda, replacing Russian Daniil Kvyat.
Interim Williams team boss Simon Roberts will miss the Turkish Grand Prix at the weekend after testing positive for COVID-19 before traveling to Istanbul.