BREAKING NEWS: Perez Confirmed for Red Bull in 2021
Alex Albon becomes Red Bull's Reserve Driver.
Ted Kravitz was right. Red Bull have just confirmed the news that many of us were hoping would come true - Sergio Perez has joined Red Bull for the 2021 season where he will partner Max Verstappen. Perez has signed for the team with an initial one year deal.
The news comes after lots of speculation about the Mexican driver's future after Racing Point announced they would be dropping him from their team earlier this year. Perez has been on fine form this year, scoring the bulk of Racing Point's Championship points and finally achieving his first win in Formula 1 at the eventful Sakhir Grand Prix.
Perez finished the 2020 F1 season 4th in the Driver's Standings and it was surprising that nobody had signed him yet for the 2021 season. It would seem that Red Bull have finally seen the light however - and I'm sure this will make a lot of F1 fans very happy.
One person who will be less happy about this news is Alex Albon. The Thai driver has just finished his second season in Formula 1 which has been quite a rollercoaster. Initially driving for Toro Rosso, he got promoted to Red Bull after just half a season due to senior management not being satisfied with Pierre Gasly's performance. He adapted well to the team but in 2020 was unable to capitalize really. He was able to get onto the podium in Mugello and Bahrain as well as putting in some decent drives throughout the season but wasn't capable of helping Vertsappen take the fight to Mercedes for either the Driver's or Constructor's Championship. As a result, he will become Red Bull's reserve driver for 2021.
The latest driver to be confirmed for 2021.
This then confirms all of Red Bull/Alpha Tauri's driver choices for next year as Verstappen and Perez will race for Red Bull whilst Gasly and Tsunoda drive for Alpha Tauri. It must be said that these driver pairings look set to be some of the strongest on the 2021 grid and I can't wait to see them in action.
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