“I really needed those races so much in my career” – Sergio Perez rues missing out on the double-header Silverstone races for Racing Point due to Covid-19, eventually losing out on his seat for next season to Sebastian Vettel.
Sergio Perez is one of the most talented F1 drivers this century has seen. But more significant, going by this season, he is also one of the most unfortunate ones. Despite being on the podium twice, including winning the Sakhir GP, he is without a drive for next season. And he believes, speaking to Sky F1, that the timing of his Covid-19 infection played a significant role in it.
“Getting Covid at the start of the season when the car was at its strongest level, going into Silverstone where we knew we had two races to fight for podiums because we knew that was our strongest race, for me was a big blow.”
“I really needed those races so much in my career.
“We take care of things, we are here in the bubble doing so many things to stay away from the world and to get it [COVID]. Because I was the first one as well, I got criticized so much.”
The best and closest F1 crew has ever been seen! I already miss you guys, all the very best for your futures and always be happy. I’m so grateful I came across this guys in my life! Gracias, hermanos ♥️. pic.twitter.com/fVSMdufLw8
— Sergio Pérez (@SChecoPerez) December 14, 2020
Sergio Perez to Red Bull decision by Christmas
Despite being one of the best on the grid this season, we might have seen the last of Perez at Abu Dhabi, unless Red Bull decides to come calling and replace Alex Albon with him. This decision, as revealed by Dr. Helmut Marko, will be taken by Christmas. The Mexican rightly believes he should be the one, given his consistency throughout the season.
“Things turned around and I always believe seasons in Formula 1 are so long. It doesn’t matter where you start or where you are in the middle of the season, it’s where you are at the end.”