Red Bull have lined up 3 drivers to replace Sergio Perez in a few months

Lando Norris, Yuki Tsunoda, and Daniel Ricciardo are all considered as candidates for the Red Bull seat should Sergio Perez get sacked.

After a strong start to the 2023 Formula 1 season, Sergio Perez’s recent slip in form has led to speculation about his future with Red Bull Racing. 

The Mexican driver began the season with two wins in the first four races, staying within reach of his teammate Max Verstappen. 

However, disappointing performances in Monaco and Spain have hampered his championship aspirations, causing some to question his position within the team.

Following a crash during qualifying in Monaco, Perez started the race from last place and struggled to make progress on the challenging street circuit, leaving him with zero points. 

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In Spain, despite an impressive recovery drive from 11th on the grid to fourth, Verstappen secured another victory, widening the points gap between them to 53.

Amidst Perez’s decline, there are growing speculations that Red Bull may explore alternative options. 

Former F1 driver Johnny Herbert believes Perez’s seat is “under threat” but also acknowledges his value as a strong supporting driver to Verstappen.

There are three potential candidates that Red Bull may consider if they decide to replace Perez.

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Lando Norris

The British driver is highly regarded as one of the brightest talents on the grid. 

While Norris is currently committed to McLaren until the end of 2025, Red Bull’s financial power could potentially release him from his contract.

Joining Red Bull would offer Norris more opportunities for race wins and a title push, but it would also mean facing the formidable challenge of being Verstappen’s teammate.

Yuki Tsunoda

Despite initial doubts, Tsunoda has impressed with consistent performances in the AlphaTauri car this season. 

The young Japanese driver has been in the fight for points at every race, showcasing his talent and progress. 

Franz Tost, the team principal of AlphaTauri, believes Tsunoda should continue with the team in 2024 and could be ready for a promotion to Red Bull in the following year.

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Daniel Ricciardo

Although serving as Red Bull’s reserve driver this season, Ricciardo’s popularity and experience make him a favourite among fans. 

However, it is unlikely that Red Bull would choose the Australian driver for a race seat. 

With the team’s long-term ambitions in mind, it is doubtful they would replace Perez with a driver of similar age who struggled to make an impact at McLaren.