F1: Perez rewarded with new Red Bull deal
Monaco GP winner Sergio Perez will stay with Red Bull until the end of 2024 with the Mexican being rewarded with a two-year extension.
Just days after winning the Monaco GP and becoming the most successful Mexican to compete in the sport, Perez has more reason to celebrate as he’ll stay as Max Verstappen’s team-mate for at least a further two seasons.
Having joined Red Bull last season, Perez has upped his game in an attempt to challenge Reigning World Champion Max Verstappen more often this year.
Getting to grips with the most competitive machinery the Mexican has ever driven in his career, Perez claimed his second career victory in Azerbaijan en route to fourth in the standings.
However, Perez brilliantly played his role in aiding Verstappen’s title fight last season by excellently demonstrating his defensive technique – most notably during the Turkish and championship showdown in Abu Dhabi where he kept Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton at bay.
With his victory around the streets of Monte Carlo, Pole Position in Jeddah and three further podiums, all second-place finishes at Australian, Emilia Romagna and Spanish GPs, Perez finds himself third in the standings only 15 points adrift of Championship leader Verstappen.
Minutes after Perez won the Monaco GP, sharp listeners picked up on a conversation between the Mexican and Red Bull Boss Christian Horner as both made their way to the podium suggesting that pen had already been put to paper.
Perez is heard saying – “I probably signed too early.”
Commenting on Perez’s performances so far this year, Horner said: “This year he has taken another step and the gap to World Champion Max (Verstappen) has closed significantly, evidenced by his superb pole position in Jeddah earlier this year and by his wonderful win in Monaco just last weekend.”
Perez added: “We have built tremendous momentum as a Team and this season is showing that, I am excited to see where that can take us in the future.”
With Perez staying until the end of 2024 and Verstappen committed until the end of 2028, Red Bull has finally solved their “second-driver crisis” which has eluded the team dating back to when Daniel Ricciardo left at the end of 2018.
With the Red Bull now seemingly becoming the quicker and more reliable car in the fight with Ferrari, the championship is reaching a crucial stage as the calendar now tours around Europe.
The Azerbaijan GP will take place on the 12th of June.