OFFICIAL: Perez is Max Verstappen's teammate at Red Bull in the 2021 F1 season

18-12-2020 14:00 | Updated: 18-12-2020 14:19
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OFFICIAL: Perez is Max Verstappen's teammate at Red Bull in the 2021 F1 season

Sergio Perez will partner Max Verstappen at Red Bull for the 2021 Formula 1 season. Red Bull Racing chooses Sergio Perez as the replacement for Alexander Albon and thus responds to the call for an experienced second driver.

Red Bull Racing have been struggling since the departure of Daniel Ricciardo with the position of the second driver. Verstappen is a clear number one, but Pierre Gasly and Alexander Albon were both unable to meet the expectations of that seat. In the search for an ideal number two, Red Bull ended up at Perez.

Perez the ideal successor?

Perez was looking for a seat in Formula 1 since his contract with Racing Point was torn apart. The Mexican had to make way for Sebastian Vettel and a clause in Perez's contract made it easy for Lawrence Stroll to distance himself from him. Now Perez himself has not got off worse.

At Red Bull, Perez is actually joining a top team for the first time. In 2013 he got the chance at McLaren, but that fell into disrepair. Perez also wasted that chance with his wild performance. Is Perez the right man next to Verstappen or will the Dutchman wear out another teammate in 2021?

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