Outgoing Racing Point driver Sergio Perez has had a stellar season thus far and finds himself fourth in the F1 Drivers’ Standings despite missing both grand prix at Silverstone after he contracted COVID-19.
However, with Racing Point opting to sign Sebastian Vettel to partner Lance Stroll for 2021, the highly rated Mexican currently doesn’t have a place on the F1 grid beyond the end of this year.
At the Bahrain Grand Prix, his management have called a press conference on Monday in which it is expected Sergio Perez will either announce that he will be joining Red Bull or taking a sabbatical from Formula One.
“I only want to keep going with a reason, with a plan, with a good project,” Perez said at Sakhir, echoing his earlier comments about his future in F1.
However, despite these reports, Helmut Marko, the head of Red Bull’s driver programme, has insisted that Albon has until the final race of the year to prove his worth.
“Nothing has change. After the last race of the season we will sit down in peace and analyse everything. Then we will decide who will drive for Red Bull,” Dr Marko told Auto Bild
Nico Hulkenberg – who stood in for Perez when he tested positive for coronavirus and impressed many in the paddock with his strong drives this season – is also in contention for the second Red Bull seat alongside Max Verstappen.