Perez recently stressed he had not begun talks with any other F1 teams as he was confident of a Racing Point stay, and admitted he does not have a “plan B” in place.
Alfa Romeo are understood to be interested in bringing Perez back to the Hinwil squad he made his F1 debut with in 2011 under its former Sauber guise, while Haas team boss Guenther Steiner said that all options are on the table for the American outfit regarding its 2021 driver line-up.
After months of speculation, the bullet has really gone through; Sergio Pérez leaves Racing Point at the end of this season. The announcement of the arrival of Sebastian Vettel to the team thus seems only a matter of time, despite previous denials by team boss Otmar Szafnauer. The big question then is: where can Pérez go? We list the possibilities.
Most teams – Ferrari, Williams, Renault (Alpine from next season) and McLaren – already have their drivers’ duos fixed for next season. At Mercedes it seems a matter of time before Lewis Hamilton officially signs up. That leaves only three options for Pérez; Haas, Alfa Romeo and Red Bull/AlphaTauri. The Mexican driver stated in his statement that he would like to stay in Formula 1, but somewhere where he is really motivated
Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen both have expiring contracts. The two drivers have been the permanent duo of the American team for four years now, but that really seems to come to an end now. However, the team of Gene Haas is in decline after Racing Point and the question is whether Pérez is waiting for that. Moreover, there are more hijackers on the coast; mainly Nico Hulkenberg is already frequently associated with the team.
Here too both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi have an expiring contract. Giovinazzi is still not really convinced and the question is whether Raikkonen will continue in Formula 1 after eighteen seasons. Just like Haas, Alfa Romeo will be a step backwards for Pérez, with again several candidates for a seat. Formula 2 talents Callum Ilott, Robert Shwartzman and Mick Schumacher are all part of Ferrari’s training programme and will be only too happy to make their appearance in Formula 1 next season.
Red Bull / AlphaTauri
Officially only Max Verstappen has a contract with Red Bull for after this season (until 2013), but Pierre Gasly and Alexander Albon seem certain of a place at Red Bull or AlphaTauri. Red Bull’s team management has repeatedly stated that Albon will be next year’s winner next year, but you can never be sure at Red Bull. However, it looks like Daniil Kvyat, who will be ridden around his ears by Gasly this year, will lose his seat after this season. This would free up a spot at the Red Bull/AlphaTauri block. However, should this be the case, the Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda seems to be throwing up his sleeves.
So there are options for Pérez, but whether the Mexican driver is willing to take a step back is still questionable. With 188 races and 8 podium finishes to his name, he is in any case a driver who can help a team move forward. For example, as the desired strong team mate of Verstappen. Time will tell.
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