Sergio Perez Ready To Take A Year Out If Not Offered Red Bull Seat

The Mexican is currently fourth in the Drivers’ Standings but he is without a seat on the F1 grid for 2021.

Sergio Perez put in an exceptional performance at the Turkish Grand Prix last weekend to cross the finish line in second position, beating both Ferrari drivers by a narrow margin.

This podium finish moved Perez up to fourth in the Drivers’ Standings, but with just three races of the 2020 season to go, the highly rated Mexican still doesn’t have a drive for next season.

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Speaking after the race at Istanbul, Perez said he is still hopeful of remaining in Formula One next year but is nevertheless ready to take a year out if required.

“We’ve seen with other drivers, there are so many things around the seat, around a driver, that at the end of the day this is not in my hands. I’m not really concerned, I really want to finish the season on a high and see what happens,” Sergio Perez told Sky Sports F1 on Sunday.

“At the moment I’m just focusing on finishing on a high, and if the [Red Bull] opportunity comes… great. If not, I’m prepared to stop for a year as well,” he added.

Continuing, Perez described his P2 finish in the Turkish Grand Prix as a “great result” and discussed the challenges he has faced this year.

“It’s a special one. I haven’t had a smooth season, a lot of things have happened – up and down. I had COVID, missed two races, and it’s been hard, you know?

“Missing out on my seat, looking out for a drive, it hasn’t been a straightforward year but it’s definitely a great result,” he added.

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“I think I’ve had very good seasons in the past but were not seen as a good year because of the car potential. I was finishing seventh in the Championship, a couple of times eighth, but I was still doing a good job, a tremendous job.”

Continuing, Perez said he is looking to finish his time with Racing Point on a positive note.

“I think right now I’m in a very good level in my career, I think probably at my peak in terms of experience, understanding, communication-wise with the team as well.

“I’m sure this podium will help us to finish the last few races on a high.”

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