Red Bull will announce Sergio Perez as Alex Albon’s replacement for the 2021 F1 season today, according to a German-language publication owned by the energy drinks giant.
Speedweek, which is owned by Red Bull Media House, has reported that the team has decided to sign Perez and the move will be announced on Friday.
“Everything indicates that Sergio Perez will be introduced as the new Red Bull Racing driver on December 18,” the publication wrote in an article.
“Nico Hulkenberg’s hopes of a possible return to the Formula 1 circus have thus been dashed,” they added.
The De Telegraaf newspaper has also reported that Checo Perez will replace Albon at Red Bull next year, with the move set to be announced soon.
Earlier this week, Scuderia AlphaTauri announced that Honda-backed driver Yuki Tsunoda will be driving alongside Pierre Gasly next year, so Albon will have to take a sabbatical in 2021 if he isn’t retained by Red Bull as there isn’t a vacant seat at their sister team.
This comes after over six weeks ago, Formula1News.co.uk exclusively reported that Red Bull have decided to axe Albon and the Thai driver won’t be on the F1 grid next year unless Tsunoda fails to get a Super Licence.