Sergio Perez is absolutely certain that he will be driving for Red Bull next season, despite rumours circulating that he will lose his seat for 2024 if he fails to hold onto his second-place finish in the Drivers’ Championship.
The 33-year-old has endured a miserable season since claiming pole position at the fifth round of the campaign in Miami with that race kickstarting a ten-race winning streak for team-mate Max Verstappen. With five rounds remaining, Perez remains winless since the Azerbaijan Gand Prix.
Heading into the final stages of the 2023 season Perez is now just 30 points clear of Lewis Hamilton in the standings and his performances are showing no signs of immediate improvement.
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Red Bull have never claimed a one-two in the Drivers’ Championship before and team principal Christian Horner has regularly reiterated that bringing home that achievement for the team is Checo’s only target for the remainder of the season.
When asked whether or not he would remain with Red Bull for 2024, Perez simply replied: “100 per cent,” also claiming that he is not worrying about the speculation regarding his short-term future.
“I’m just laughing at it,” Perez explained. “There’s nothing I can do [to stop the rumours]. I’m fully focused on my job, but it really sums up my season – a guy says something about me and then all of a sudden it becomes true.
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“I have a contract for next year. I have no reason not to fulfil that contract. I’m going to give my very best to it. I’ve made a commitment. But more than that, it will not be my final contract in F1. I’m with Red Bull and I want to stay with Red Bull, and obviously, it has to work out for both sides.
“I’m just enjoying it at the moment. I love the challenge of getting back out of it and at 33, I think I have some good years ahead of me. As an athlete, you want to maximize your career. That to me, is important, and that’s my focus.”
Should Perez’s convictions not convert to reality, Red Bull have Daniel Ricciardo waiting in the wings to take over with the popular Aussie making his return to the cockpit for the United States Grand Prix.
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