Mexican driver Sergio Perez is confident that a contract extension with Red Bull Racing will be finalised over Formula 1’s summer break.
After Red Bull axed Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon, Perez was on notice to perform this season or be subject to a similar fate as that of his predecessors.
Perez is currently fifth in the Drivers’ Standings, and he secured his first victory with Red Bull in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Perez recently stated that the sooner he knows his future the better, but stressed that he is “in a very comfortable position within the team” and he has “nothing to worry about.”
“I think by Belgium, I will know my future. So I’m comfortable with how things are and no reason to look elsewhere,” Perez said this week.
These comments came hot on the heels of Spanish sports newspaper Marca in July claiming that Perez would remain at Red Bull until at least the end of 2022.
Team-mate Max Verstappen appears indifferent to the situation, with him telling Channel 4 “it doesn’t matter who my teammate is.
“I always believe in myself and I’m confident that I can always do a job, so for me it doesn’t matter who they put next to me,” he added.
Verstappen went on to say that “it’s good to have a challenge, but I’m also very happy with Checo at the moment.
“He is doing a great job. In the second race in Austria he was very unfortunate of course. He has also shown in the races before that he is a great addition to the team.
“It’s important to have both cars in the points,” the Dutch ace added.