Mexican driver Sergio Perez will race alongside Max Verstappen at Crimson Bull subsequent season, the Components One workforce stated Friday.
Perez, who will exchange Alexander Albon, grew to become Mexico’s first F1 winner in 50 years along with his victory this month on the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain.
Crimson Bull stated that historic efficiency helped make Perez the “favored selection” over Albon, who will stay with the workforce as a check and reserve driver. Perez has a one-year contract.
“Having taken our time to judge all of the related knowledge and performances we’ve determined that Sergio is the appropriate driver to companion Max for 2021 and look ahead to welcoming him to Crimson Bull Racing,” workforce principal Christian Horner stated.
The 30-year-old Perez was dealing with an unsure future after Racing Level introduced in September that it will exchange him with four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.
Perez is coming off his finest F1 season, ending with 125 factors in fourth place. Albon was seventh with 105 factors.
In his 190th race, Perez earned his first win on Dec. 6 in Bahrain. Even then, he wasn’t positive of his future, saying “if I’m not on the grid subsequent 12 months, I shall be in 2022.”
He gained’t want to attend. Crimson Bull stated Perez is “one of many sport’s most constant performers and tenacious racers.”
Perez was with Racing Level, which shall be renamed Aston Martin, for seven seasons after making his debut in 2011.
The 24-year-old Albon had joined Crimson Bull in August 2019, changing Pierre Gasly. The Britain-born Thai racer made his F1 debut that season with Toro Rosso.
“Alex is a valued member of the workforce and we thought lengthy and laborious about this determination,” Horner stated. “Alex stays an essential a part of our workforce as check and reserve driver with a key concentrate on 2022 improvement and we wish to thank him for his laborious work and contribution.”