Sergio Perez to leave Racing Point at the end of the year

  • Published on 09 Sep 2020 21:30
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

Sergio Perez has announced he will leave Racing Point at the end of the year, after seven seasons with the team.

Perez announced the news in a statement, released on his social media on Wednesday evening.

Joining Force India in 2014 after being dropped by McLaren at the end of the previous year, taking a total of five podiums with the team.

He was also a fundamental part of the team's administration in 2018, which allowed a consortium of investors led by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll to buy and fund the team.

As Racing Point will enter F1 as Aston Martin next year, there was speculation that Sebastian Vettel would make the move after Ferrari announced he would be departing the team at the end of the year.

With Perez contracted to the team until 2022, the Mexican was positive he would stay at the team despite the rumoured interest in Vettel.

It is yet to be confirmed who will replace Perez at the team.

The statement, which released on Wednesday night, read;

“Hi All: Everything in life always has a beginning and an end, and after seven years together, my time with the team will come to an end after this season.

“It hurts a bit as I bet on the team during very rough times; we managed to overcome obstacles and I am very proud of saving the jobs of several of my teammates.

“I’ll keep the memories of the great moments lived together, the friendships and the satisfaction of always giving my all.

“I will always be grateful for the opportunity given to me by Vijay Mallya, who believed in me in 2014 and allowed me to continue my F1 career with Force India.

“To the current administration, led by Lawrence Stroll, I wish nothing but the best in the future, especially with the upcoming Aston Martin project.

“I don’t have a plan B. My intention is to continue racing here, but that would depend on finding a project that motivates me to continue giving my 100 percent in each lap.

“I want to thank each one of you who have been with me throughout these 10 years. To my family, who has always been there to support me despite anything.

“To all the sponsors who believed in my project, to my staff, and mainly God, who blessed me with the opportunity to live this incredible adventure called F1.

“I hope I can give you some good news real soon, but for now, let’s enjoy together the next races. I carry you in my heart!”

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  • Gutted for him though cant see him being out of a drive for long - Vettel announcement tomorrow?

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    • Sep 9 2020 - 21:51
  • Snooky

    Posts: 121

    Worst kept secret of the season

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    • Sep 9 2020 - 21:53
  • xoya

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    Based on current form I'd take neither Perez nor Vettel.

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    • Sep 10 2020 - 00:19
  • f1ski

    Posts: 726

    Hulkenburg to racing point . Perez to RBR.

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    • Sep 10 2020 - 03:07
    • f1ski

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      For being such a great business man Stroll if he does sign Vettel is taking a huge chance. when he is good vettel is the best. But his last season was terrible at RBR. Not unlike this season. He had a terminal case of the red mist in his last 2-3 seasons at ferrari. I sa y no to seb and i am a fan boy

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      • Sep 10 2020 - 03:10
  • abhidbgt

    Posts: 283

    It's sad. Perez has had a rotten luck throughout this season but racing point administration isn't interested in looking at the problems and feel a change of driver is going to make them a force to reckon with. What foolishness. Hope he gets a seat real soon.

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    • Sep 10 2020 - 04:12
  • it's their loss. Perez is why RP is still around, and he has proven himself to be an incredibly reliable, skilled driver.

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    • Sep 10 2020 - 06:48
    • Disgusting. I can't believe they got rid of Sergio. He's been so incredibly solid. Gave them glory with those opportunistic podiums. Saved them almost singlehandedly from going into administration. This is one of the ugliest things I recall ever in F1. Maybe the Hill situation with Williams in 1996

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      • Sep 10 2020 - 21:01
  • Kean

    Posts: 692

    A bit unfair I'd say. Perez saved the team, and made it possible for Stroll to buy it. This is the thanks he gets. I guess that's F1. Perhaps Perez having one of his worst seasons in F1 made the decision easier for Stroll. I'm curious to see what Vettel will be able to do in that car, it will show if Vettel is the problem or not. I'm hoping Vettel shines once more. As for Perez, I think both Haas and Alfa Romeo will be breathing down his neck. I'm guessing he'll go to Haas, to replace Grosjean. Gene Haas will likely welcome the extra sponsormoney.

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    • Sep 10 2020 - 06:59
  • JuJuHound

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    • Sep 10 2020 - 11:24
  • Awkward.

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    • Sep 10 2020 - 12:12
  • f1ski

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    so screwed up.

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    • Sep 10 2020 - 12:52
  • Lotus4Ever

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    According to Danish media :
    Vettel is annonced to join Aston Martin / Racing Point

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    • Sep 10 2020 - 14:30
  • Lotus4Ever

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    And CNN says the same :

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    • Sep 10 2020 - 14:31
  • RogerF1

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    Hot off the press - Vettel has signed with RP/Aston Martin for “2021 & beyond”. I’m astonished (not). Last roll of the dice for Seb ?

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    • Sep 10 2020 - 15:17
  • Vettel IMO is neither faster not better at development, than Perez. But, he is expensive. Stroll took the choice which is indeed fit for their future.

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    • Sep 10 2020 - 19:36
  • With all due respect, fuck you Racing Point. This goes against everything that team has stood for for the last 10 years. I can't blame them for wanting to get Seb, but I don't care if it was Lewis Hamilton, if it was at Perez' expense it was a bad, morally repugnant move.

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    • Sep 11 2020 - 06:53
  • Perez’s book name: “The cost of loyalty”

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    • Sep 11 2020 - 12:20
  • Lotus4Ever

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    Rumours says Magnussen and Grosjean are history at HAAS - so Sergio could be heading to HAAS - with his 20.000.000 dollar sponsors....

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    • Sep 11 2020 - 12:46
    • siggy74

      Posts: 194

      Wouldn't be a bad choice, steady driver.... brings the money in.... and less error prone than groj..... well maybe not in Kimi,s eyes today :D

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      • Sep 11 2020 - 16:28

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