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Perez: Obvious who would leave Racing Point for Vettel

  • Published on 21 Jul 2020 09:19
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

Racing Point's Sergio Perez has stated that it is clear who would leave the team should Sebastian Vettel sign for next season.

Rumours appeared in recent weeks that the four-time champion is set to sign for Racing Point for 2021 as they undergo a rebranding process, becoming Aston Martin Racing from next season onwards, with Vettel set to leave Ferrari at the end of the current season.

Vettel has since confirmed that he had talked to the team about the idea, but that nothing has been agreed.

Current drivers Perez and Lance Stroll are currently under contracts with the team into next year and beyond, with Stroll's father, Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll, the owner of the Racing Point team.

In a recent interview with Movistar F1, Perez stated that it was quite obvious to him that Stroll Sr would not drop his son out of a drive for the sake of signing Vettel, leaving him as the only person to make way for the former Red Bull driver should he sign with the team.

"I think [the choice] is obvious if someone has to go," Perez said. "I'm a dad, I wouldn't kick my son out, but there's not much I can say.

"There are many [rumours] around. From me, nothing - everything remains the same. I have a contract with the team."

Perez already approached by rival teams

Perez also revealed in the interview that he had been approached by rival teams for a drive in 2021 should he be replaced by Vettel.

However, Perez states that he will continue with the team despite the rumours and that he is currently working with his sponsors, including Mexican telecommunications company Telmex, in order to secure a future within F1 for next season.

"In all contracts, there are always clauses," Perez added. "It is a bit related to sponsorship. That can open that clause.

"But we're working hard with all our sponsors so that this does not happen. I would not say that it depends on a single sponsor, it is more of an overall issue."

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  • Lotus4Ever

    Posts: 26

    Rumours says, that Vettel replaces Perez. Perez big sponsors, Telcel, Telmex and Claro, are said to be interested in the US marked, so Perez could go to HAAS, replacing Magnussen or Grosjean......

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    • Jul 21 2020 - 11:40
    • That might tie into comments Grosjean made about a move elsewhere the other day - saying tired of not winning, time to try something new.....

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      • Jul 21 2020 - 20:28
    • Interesting theory, but Telcel, Telmex, and Claro don't sell products in the US so I doubt any of those sponsors would rather be associated with an 8th-10th place team instead of 3rd-4th place team. But if he is given the boot, HAAS seems like a likely choice.

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      • Jul 22 2020 - 01:24
  • TheDentist

    Posts: 24

    I think it’s silly Stroll gets a guaranteed F1 seat because his dad bought the team. Vettel and Perez in racing point/Aston Martin would be the better pairing. Get rid of pay drivers!

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    • Jul 21 2020 - 21:39
    • Perez IS a pay driver though, we'd have no Perez if they were banned.

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      • Jul 21 2020 - 22:57
    • Agree, there is no such thing as a non-pay driver in F1. Somebody always pays so we'd have no drivers if they were banned.

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      • Jul 22 2020 - 01:21
    • actually Grosjean is one of the least pay-driver people around, and look how much good that brought us.

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      • Jul 22 2020 - 09:34
    • TheDentist

      Posts: 24

      I know Perez is a pay driver, that’s was a separate comment. I think Perez is better than stroll, so Perez and Vettel would be a better pairing. Perez has had some good solid drives, I think his talent would be enough to earn him a seat without the pay packet that comes with it.

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      • Jul 22 2020 - 15:02
  • Rather than this tired old story, I'd much rather hear about how Aston Martin is going to play into RPs future. I saw an article stating they are going to be considered a manufacturer, but apparently not an engine manufacturer. I wonder if they are going to actually be involved in the design of the car or simply just a badge on the car. I suspect just a badge since RP doesn't seem to have huge design ambitions of their own.

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    • Jul 22 2020 - 01:33
    • Kinda both: they'll own the team and share expertise with the team, but the foundation will still be RP.

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      • Jul 22 2020 - 09:35

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