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Did Verstappen ensure Perez's contract extension at Red Bull?
16 June at 07:00
Last update 16 June at 08:16
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Sergio Perez has extended his contract by two years at Red Bull Racing. The Mexican will thus remain Max Verstappen's teammate until 2026. Most of the Formula 1 world has reacted in surprise to Perez's extension, and so has former Haas team boss Guenther Steiner.

Perez is not on form. In the past three races, the Mexican managed to score only four points. Despite this, Red Bull has still decided to extend Perez's contract.

Steiner surprised by Perez staying at Red Bull

Several people have already expressed their incomprehension that Red Bull wants to keep Perez for longer. Steiner, too, does not understand the decision. When asked by the astonished presenters of the Red Flags Podcast what he thinks of the contract extension, he replied: "I was as surprised as you. I wouldn't add a lot to what you just said, because I was like, 'What the....' I like and respect Sergio, because I spoke a few times with him to come into Haas, but he's just struggling."

Is Verstappen behind Perez's extension?

However, the Haas team boss also has a possible explanation for Perez's contract extension: "I think they are happy, as you say. And maybe Max said, 'I want Sergio, otherwise I don't stay.' You never know if he hasn't got a clause in his contract. They exist in contracts that if you've got the number one driver status, you can decide the number two or be part of it. You cannot say my brother is driving the second car, but that you have got the voice in it. And they get on, I think."

This article was written in collaboration with Olly Darcy