“A sabbatical is an option” – Sergio Perez is considering taking a break from F1 if Red Bull continues with struggling Alex Albon for the 2021 season.
Sergio Perez can consider himself to be the unluckiest driver on the grid currently. Despite being one of the most consistent performers over the last decade, and firmly in the fight for 4th in the Drivers’ Championship this season, he was shown the exit door by Racing Point / Aston Martin. Ironically, he was replaced by the very driver who was considering a ‘sebbatical’ – four-time world champion with Red Bull Sebastian Vettel.
Everyone loves the Hulk but if Red Bull are serious about fighting for championships, they should go for Sergio Perez.
Max Verstappen will still beat him but Checo will do a better job than Alex Albon. It would be a shame if this man is not racing next year. pic.twitter.com/BFPGFe1z8y
— ” (@WelsZA) November 11, 2020
Since then, Perez has held talks with Haas and Williams but now has his sight straight on a ‘top team’. Red Bull fits the bill, winning four titles, coincidentally all by Vettel himself. With Alex Albon struggling to keep up with teammate Max Verstappen, Perez feels the move should happen quickly. Else, he will be compelled to take a break from the sport.
“Everything is so late now. I am not going to know whether I will continue in F1 until quite late in the year so I think a sabbatical is an option. We will see what happens in the next couple of weeks. I think now we are not far from the season to end so definitely I have to know my plans, I need to know what is happening on my side to be able to plan everything.”
Was Sergio Perez unfairly booted out of the Aston Martin F1 project?
His current employers decided to replace him, not his teammate Lance Stroll, with Vettel. This resulted in massive social media outrage, mostly because Lance is the son of team promoter Lawrence Stroll. As a result, the longest-serving driver in the team’s history – be it Force India or Racing Point – has just four races to go because he bids goodbye.
“It’s part of F1. I always knew this is how it is. I think I can call myself privileged I have had a great career up to now. If it is the case that I have to leave the sport I can leave with a lot of pride because I have delivered with the material I have had and not many people can have such a career. We will see what happens.”