Sergio Pérez’s contract 2022

We started 2021 in the same place we were in October last year: Checo Pérez, the Mexican driver does not have a contract for the next Formula 1 season.

Pérez has not only the opportunity to say of himself “he had been waiting all his life”, but also backed by a good contract that reflects his new pay, that of a Grand Prix winner. In the 2020 season, the pilot from Guadalajara reported a salary close to 3.6 million dollars per year, which according to various reports, increased with Red Bull to 7.2, placing him among the highest paid Mexican athletes in the world, only behind Saúl Canelo Álvarez (boxing) and Raúl Jiménez (soccer).

As usual, the Mexican will have to win a place on the grid in 2022, justifying his seat in each race, just as he did during the last quarter, which between urgency, ambition and courage led him to position himself as the fourth best driver of the last championship, with two podiums and the longed-for first victory, in Turkey and Sakhir, respectively.

His continuity under contract is subject to results, so Checo should be even more consistent than shown at Racing Point (now Aston Martin). There are many dark clouds, because even if Pérez achieved good results – average, so to speak – in case the Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda conquers podiums and of course, surpasses the Mexican in the championship, there would be no discussion about his departure from the team to be promoted to the which will debut in F1 with Alpha Tauri. The same applies if Frenchman Pierre Gasly has a brilliant performance.

At least then, there are two pilots lurking for Pérez’s seat at Red Bull, who will run with more pressure than ever, not only because of the team that protected him when all the doors were practically closed, but also because of the brands that have him. supported since he was a child (Telmex, Claro, Telcel), as well as the thousands of fans who, since last October, pressured Red Bull to sign Checo.

The 30-year-old Mexican driver will have to be more cerebral than ever, understand his place in the team and assume his role, establish himself as a top driver, analyze where he can challenge his teammate Max Verstappen or not, when to support him and in what moments even, assume a leading role. The goal is clear, to push the team to achieve the constructors’ championship, to “steal” all possible points from Mercedes, especially Valteri Bottas. In particular, he should aim for, at least, the drivers’ runner-up (a championship would be madness and millions of fans in Latin America would celebrate it).

The Mexican has, in fact, the table set to have a dream campaign: a team of the highest level and infrastructure, where the improvements in the car are not limited to budget issues; an engine supplied by Honda that in its last year in F1 seeks to win the championship; one of the best car designers in Adrian Newey; his own abilities as a pilot, which are at their best physically and maturely, as well as a dedicated hobby. Everything so that at the end of 2021, the decision to continue in Red Bull is only Pérez’s.
Let the season begin, we are anxious.

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This was the farewell of Sergio Pérez from Racing Point: they mourn his goodbye

The Mexican Sergio Perez, who despite abandoning the last race of the year, due to a breakdown of the engine of his Racing Point, finished fourth the Formula One World Cup, with 125 points, said this Sunday that they have to be “proud, because” they won “a race” and went “to podiums”.

“I am really sad because my last race with the team will be over so soon and with the repetition of the engine problem we had in (the first of the two races in) Bahrain. Really I wanted to go with a great career; for everyone on the team, ”said Checo.

“It’s kind of sad to leave the team like this, but I told my guys, some of them were cryingBut you just have to remember what happened last weekend what happened in the whole season“Added Checo, who, as unlikely as it may be, or receives in the next few hours a call from red bull or it will have to be taken a gap year in 2021.

“I hope people remember victory in the Sakhir Grand Prix instead of what happened this weekend, “said Sergio Pérez, who completed this Sunday his tenth season in Formula One, category in which he added ten podiums.

“And from a broader perspective, it has been a huge shame to have had to withdraw; why we needed to have got both cars in the points to have chosen to finish third in the Constructors’ World Cup ”, said Checo, who this year also took the podium in Turkey, where he signed a sensational second place.

We won a race, we went to podiums and we were very unfortunate in some situations, especially as both drivers had to miss some races, “said Checo, referring, above all, to the two Silverstone (England) events that was lost for positive in COVID-19.

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Albon’s chestnut in Bahrain that could mean his goodbye to F1

Red Bull had given an unusual opportunity to Alex Albon after being unceremoniously loaded Daniil Kvyat, Brendon Hartley Y Pierre Gasly the past seasons. The British of Thai origin, protected by the co-owners of the brand, also from the Asian country, had in his hands to remain in the energy drink team. Had to comply in the final three races, but to the minimum a new mistake that leaves him not only out of Red Bull, but also a foot and a half out of Formula 1.

Albon had a bad accident in the second free practice of the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend. In the last turn into the finish line, he decided to keep pushing without lifting in an area with a lot of sand and on a lap that was far from good. When he stepped on the sand, he completely lost control of his Red Bull and shot towards the protections destroying his car, which is a huge cost and work for your team. A mistake of his that has brought with it the criticism of the fans and the jokes of the toughest. Some already asked me to be careful with Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez’s car.

To respond in Turkey to this

It’s obvious that Red Bull wants Albon to show that he must stay. If they wanted to get rid of it, they would have already done so. But faced with a ‘deadline’ to convince Red Bull before Turkey arrived, tremendous pressure was put on Albon, who made crucial mistakes in the two races leading up to that grand prix in Istanbul and failed to score any points. However, the effort to retain him is such that he was given an extension until the end of the season. A clear gesture from the team to look for any reason to retain him.

Albon responded in a way in Turkey. Despite having a spin in a very complicated race for all the drivers, subsequently showed a pace worthy of victory for much of the grand prix and managed to finish the tail of his partner Max Verstappen. What is asked of him every weekend because the team knows that the Dutchman is unattainable for almost anyone. His pace raised hopes in the team and they hoped that the confidence he showed would be consolidated this weekend in Bahrain, but nothing could be further from the truth.

That’s what makes Friday’s crash a major disaster because it seemed, with the improvements, to ride quite comfortably. The FP2 accident came after Sakhir went long in the last corner and misjudged how much he could keep his foot on the accelerator. “In FP1 the car felt pretty good, but then in FP2 we tried a couple of things that didn’t quite work. Later on, I was a bit surprised by the lack of grip on the track and the accident was at a rather awkward angle, but I’m fine. Sorry for the guys in the garage“He commented.” Throughout the year we have struggled with the rear tires, but oddly here it looks like it’s the front tires so we’ll have to look at that and see how to make them last longer. We also tested the prototype tires and switched between different compounds but they didn’t have a lot of grip so we’ll see how they develop and hopefully improve. “

Albon during training for the Bahrain Grand Prix.  (EFE)
Albon during training for the Bahrain Grand Prix. (EFE)

No seat or in Alpha Tauri

And is that this new ruling in Bahrain may be due to the pressure behind it. He couldn’t make the slightest mistake and watched as Pérez grew up at Racing Point and Nico Hulkenberg It showed that he had not lost his talent behind the wheel. The two alternatives that Red Bull handles. But beyond losing his seat in the team, he could even be left out of F1. In Alpha Tauri they are clear about the continuity of Gasly and the departure of Kvyat, but the agreement with Yuki Tsunoda also seems closed, Japanese F2 driver and member of the Red Bull junior team. His return to the box after getting out of the car with his head down and completely sunk shows perfectly what this accident can mean.

However, beyond the accident, the signs left by the workouts put Albon back into a world of his partner. The Brit was not matching Verstappen’s progress as the track evolved. None of his fast laps on the soft tire in FP2 was impressive.

His mistake is a serious blow to his future and also financially to the team. The reality is that this incident is the opposite of giving Red Bull a reason to retain him, but it is also true that it is just training. Now he has in his hand to show that the accident was just a setback and nothing more. He will have Practice 3 to regain confidence, and achieve in qualifying and in the race the result that Red Bull expected from him when they brought him up to drop Gasly. You need to hit back for the rest of the weekend. Otherwise, this could be the latest in a series of mistakes since Red Bull gave him the opportunity of a lifetime.

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Verstappen believes Turkey was his last chance to win this year

Max finished in sixth position after a bad start

He does not think there will be more conditions in which they can excel

The Red Bull team was disappointed by a difficult Turkish Grand Prix for the team. Furthermore, Max Verstappen regrets that this was perhaps his last chance to win this season.

Everything looked ready for the Red Bull drivers, who started from second and fourth in Turkey. However, the situation was twisted from the start and both finished off the podium.

The Red Bull driver finished the race very disappointed, especially because from Friday’s sessions he saw how the team could hope to achieve a good result.

“Even though the track conditions on Friday were tough I was happy with the balance we found and the car was working well. We felt we had a good momentum for the weekend It was very disappointing for the whole team to finish sixth in the race because It was not the position we wanted or expected to be in, “Verstappen told the GP Fans web portal.

Verstappen assures that the disappointment was of the whole team, not only his part. In addition, the pilot believes that conditions as changeable as those seen in Istanbul will not be repeated for the remainder of the season.

“Not just me, but the whole team left Turkey disappointed because we all want to win. I don’t think we’ll see this kind of track conditions again, the next races will probably be more normal.“, said the pilot from the Netherlands.

There are three appointments left on the calendar and the first two will be held in Bahrain. A first race on the usual track and the second on the outer track of the track. Verstappen warns that even if they know the first circuit well, the tires will be one of the keys to take into account.

“It is a track that we know well, but it is always hard on the tires so it will be important to find a good setup,” said the Red Bull driver to close.

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Max Verstappen: “Even though Turkey has been disappointing, you always look ahead”

The Turkish Grand Prix had ended in the worst possible way for the men of Red Bull. The piloting errors of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon had thrown to the ground the enormous competitiveness that they had shown throughout the weekend where victory or, at least, the podium was possible. The RB16 and the drivers were one in the race, but those mistakes penalized them enormously and both finished outside the Top 5. The frustration was noticeable in the words of the drivers and that of the bosses, since the car had been playing in another league from the first training sessions. The positive part is that they had a good pace and were superior in wet conditions, but there will not be that possibility in the last races. The Dutchman wants to focus on the Grand Prix in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi and find a new opportunity to finish this season in the best possible way.

Verstappen, focused on the end of the year

“We had a good dynamic that weekend, so we were all disappointed within the team to finish sixth and seventh in the race. It was not where we expected to be because we wanted to win. We had some problems and the rear tires were wearing out. faster compared to the rest. You always look ahead because you can’t change what has happened in the last race. I don’t expect to see these kinds of conditions again, the last races should be easier, “concluded the Dutchman in words collected from their website.

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Vural Ak from Turkey: “The 3-year license proves that we are ready for any changes”

After 9 years off the Formula 1 calendar, Turkey returned, but came back to do it in a big way. The atypical 2020 wanted Istanbul to return to our screens to celebrate a new Grand Prix, and I dare say that it did not leave anyone indifferent. From the start on Friday with free practice, until the last lap of the race it was all a great and wonderful uncertainty. You could dare to bet that a certain thing would happen that the opposite would end up happening. An unfriendly track of overconfidence, a rain that threatened from a gray and overcast sky that covered Istanbul.

We had all the necessary ingredients to return to a track unknown to many and do it in style. Perhaps, after three days of competition, they don’t know much about the track either for sure. What we do know is that we would love to see F1 make more stops there in the future. For now it falls off the 2021 calendar, but they claim to be interested in becoming the venue again and are ready to host another race at any time.

Vural Ak, Executive Director of the Intercity Istanbul Park organization

“We welcomed the president of Formula 1, Chase Carey, in Istanbul this week. I was amazed by the attention and enthusiasm which accompanied the Formula 1 race in Turkey. We organized this event in no time after a gap of nine years, and really I think it was a great success. Our talks are ongoing to reach an agreement that will bring the race back to Turkey for several years. The three-year license that the FIA ​​has granted us is proof that we are ready for any upgrade at any time “, do not close the door in Istanbul to F1.

Carey is very clear

“Many places where we compete this year expressed great interest in new races, and other countries have a stronger interest than ever. I’d probably rotate a few races to accommodate some new partners, but we already say that long-term partnerships are still our priority, “we remember the words of Chase Carey who made reference to these lines.

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Andreas Seidl thinks that what happened in Turkey is not in the DNA of Formula 1

McLaren manager Andreas Seidl believes that seeing cars sliding on the track is not F1, there can be difficult conditions, but not that as constant. Many times we have seen wet conditions that have complicated things and made it more exciting, but it does not seem in favor of a track as slippery as Intercity Instambul Park. While many have dubbed Turkey the best race of the entire 2020 season, McLaren’s is not so convinced. Well, working all year round and reaching tracks where you can’t find your potential because the asphalt is not a regular, it seems that he doesn’t like that.

We can come to understand it, Andreas claims that an F1 is created to be the best, the fastest and the one with the best performance under normal conditions. But, they could go further, stating that these things can happen. We want F1 to be with battle, with uncertainty and not with predictability. It is very good that they work to have the best car, Mercedes is the best today, it was difficult for them to appear throughout the weekend, but that was when the hands of Lewis Hamilton appeared to mark the differences. The talent of the Briton made up for the shortcomings of his car in Turkey to claim a sensational victory. Maybe that is the true DNA of Formula 1, the mix between the best car and a great driver, there is no reason to leave everything in the hands of the machines.

Disgruntled with what he saw in Turkey

“There were a lot of comments in both directions. Is it positive or negative what we saw on Friday and Saturday from Turkey in F1? Of course, a race like that I don’t know … but at the same time, we also have to admit that we have seen that many times in the wet or in difficult conditions these exciting races occur where many things happen. It’s clear that everyone wants to see cars fighting on the trackHe wants to see overtaking maneuvers, he also wants to see that not always the same cars are in front, he wants to see that people can really regain positions by going up all over the grid from the back. “

“But at the same time, F1 is also, under normal conditions, about build or design the best car and turn it into the best performing single seater. And then it is also normal that the best car is ahead in qualifying and also in the race. That is also part of the DNA of F1. I think there will be a lot of positives from 2022 onwards with the new technical regulation, which should allow the cars to compete more together, which should also help to see more overtaking maneuvers. Also, all the other things that are being agreed on as well, like the spending limit, should also help to even things out overall. And I think there is no reason to be pessimistic. “

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Red Bull at the Bahrain F1 2020 GP: Preview

Verstappen: “Bahrain is always hard on the tires”

Albon: “I really want to get to Bahrain”

The Red Bull team arrives at the Bahrain double event hoping to return to good results after the Turkish GP fiasco. Max Verstappen says he enjoys night racing a lot, although he points out that Bahrain is often hard on the tires; Alexander Albon, for his part, is eager to get back into the car because in the delicate conditions in Istanbul he gained a lot of confidence.

Max Verstappen (3rd in the World Cup):

“All the team members left Turkey disappointed, but that’s because we all want to win. We always look ahead as you can’t change what happened in the last race. I don’t expect we’ll see that kind of thing again. conditions on the track so the last races will probably be easier. I always enjoy the night races because they have a very different feel and I think it’s good to have them at the end of the year as it’s a nice change. For the first race It is a track that we know very well, but it is always hard on the tires, so it will be important to find a good set-up to solve it. ”

Alexander Albon (9th in the World Cup):

“It was a good weekend for me – Turkey – we tested some things in my car that we think made it more predictable. As a team we were also very strong and considering how well we started the weekend, it’s a bit frustrating to get out. with so few points, but there are a lot of positives from Turkey. It was a strong weekend and I’m sure we’re heading in the right direction. For my part, things have been improving and I was happy with the car in the sim as well. that now I really want to get to Bahrain and see what we have. ”

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Bono highlights Hamilton’s great performance in Turkey: “We know what’s inside him”

These last races have been really special for both Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. Individual and collective achievements have kept both of them growing and expanding their history in this hybrid era. At the last Turkish GP, the seventh title had finally come to the Briton, without Valtteri Bottas having been in the position to postpone it at any point during the weekend. A key player in Lewis’ careers is Peter Bonnington, Bono, who is always present on team radios and with his legendary phrase ‘it’s Hammer Time’. His track engineer highlights the good work of his driver in Istanbul in which he was not at all expected to go from being out of the Top 5 to finishing in first position. He also had the feeling that everything was under control and that victory was in hand since he climbed to the top of the table. Since 2013, both have been working together and their relationship has improved over the seasons until this perfect alliance has been forged between them.

Bono surprised by Lewis’s performance in Istanbul

“At first it was not as bright as it is now, since 2013 we have grown a lot. No one can be surprised by that performance [la de Turquía]We know what’s inside it, but when it does, you think ‘I didn’t see it coming’. I am an optimistic person, although I did not see that it would happen. In the middle of the race we found rhythm with the Intermediates and it seemed that he had everything under control. On the radio you could tell that it was in a state of tranquility and you think ‘okay, it’s under control’, the engineer concluded in an interview conducted by Sky Sports F1.

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Brawn: “The Turkish organizers have done a fantastic job hosting that GP”

The Turkish Grand Prix had been one of the most difficult, if not the most, for the drivers and the teams. The resurfacing had been the main headache for them, since it was practically impossible to compete without having scares, spins or track exits. Although it was a clear handicap for everyone, that factor increased the show throughout that weekend. In addition, the weather had also come into play which had complicated things even more, in case the conditions they were dealing with in Friday practice were not enough. The lack of grip had been the reason for complaints, but Ross Brawn defends that this condition of the track was caused by the late decision to race there to have one more appointment on the calendar.

Perfect GP organization in Istanbul

“The country’s organizers have done a fantastic job of putting the circuit in position to host a sensational Grand Prix. I understand the drivers were not happy with the grip levels, but it was a consequence of the late decision to race there because the schedule has been revised to react to the pandemic. I think pilots sometimes need to remember that this is a competition and it was the same for everyone. Some pilots ducked their heads and adjusted to the conditions and others found it distracting Having had a challenging surface has not been a bad thing, which shows the talent of the pilots to the maximum. Simply, the competition needs to be fair, equitable and give them the same opportunities “, concluded Ross Brawn in words collected on the page of the F1.

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