What if Racing Point / Aston Martin never dropped Sergio Perez?
The Mexican was dropped by Racing Point almost leaving him without a 2021 seat - but what if that career-changing move never happened?
Ok here's a bit of a weird article. What if the Silverstone-based team known as Aston Martin, never dropped star driver Sergio Perez in favour of Sebastian Vettel? Here I dive deep into what could have been had his contract until 2022 been honoured.
Would we still see the Perez we have seen towards the end of the 2020 season?
Perez in 2020 was a formidable driver, the King of the Midfield as some liked to call him. You'd think that Perez now is washed, but he still has some momentum, especially when he's climbing up the grid, he just loves overtakes. But would we have seen the Checo we saw and know, had Aston Martin denied Vettel? It is very much possible. Checo has built that team around him and has considerably beaten his teammates in the past. Yes, Checo's qualifying isn't all too impressive, in fact it's one of his weaknesses, made even more clear in his time at Red Bull, considering that at the end of the season, he'd potentially be almost whitewashed, which would have happened if Checo didn't somehow beat Max in qualifying in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Would Checo have ever stood on the top step of the podium again?
Sergio Perez crying tears of joy, after winning the Sakhir Grand Prix after being spun out by Charles Leclerc, sending him to the back of the pack.
Yeah in 2022, it could have been very much possible, but then again, it could have still been possible and still be possible now, considering the 2021 season's wild twists and turns, Checo could have had another win to his name. Yes, Aston Martin is the 4th slowest car on the grid, after Alfa Romeo Racing, Williams and Haas, but they were fighting for the victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix, before being beaten by Ocon, who won the race, after a strategy blunder at Mercedes and Alonso's holdup and being disqualified. Perez could have also won that race, had he not been dropped.
What about the other two steps on the podium?
An elated Perez on the podium at the Sakhir Grand Prix, the race that helped him sign a Red Bull contract for 2021, his move being the last driver move to be announced for 2021, but the second-to-last driver announcement for the year.
Yes, that could also happen, remember who came 2nd in Baku? It was Vettel in his Aston Martin. Vettel took a car to the podium when it barely even deserves points. Yes, that would have also been the case in Hungary had he not been disqualified for lack of fuel (I think still that's harsh but we move on). Yes, Perez, especially with a team around him like Racing Point was, before they dumped the guy who helped save the team.
What about Sebastian Vettel?
Good question, who knows what would have happened to him, if Perez got retained and his contract honoured? I think he possibly would have retired from the sport, if he wanted to completely avoid the risk of joining a backmarker team like Aston Martin, or if the rejection further demotivated him. It would have been unlikely that Vettel would race again, had the controversial signing never happened.