Red Bull Racing opted for more experience in 2021 with the arrival of Perez. The Mexican was to do what Alexander Albon and Pierre Gasly failed to do, which was to support Max Verstappen in the title fight. Perez hasn't quite managed to convince yet, but he already has a new deal in his pocket for 2022.
Perez is not worried
While Bottas has complained a lot about his short-lived deals with Mercedes in recent years and even pointed that out several times as a factor in his underperformance, Perez is not stressed. In his career Perez himself also often opted for a one-year deal to keep his options open, so he's actually used to it.
''It doesn't matter that much. If you have a longer contract there are still drivers who want this seat. To be honest it doesn't matter that much to me. The only thing I can think about is next weekend. It doesn't work the other way around either. If I have a longer contract I will not suddenly think that I can take it easy,'' Perez says to Motorsport.com.