Now that Red Bull has found the perfect complement for Max Verstappen, it was not a matter of letting him get away. The team from Milton Keynes (Great Britain), world champion last season with the Dutchman, made official on Tuesday the renewal of Sergio Pérez’s contract, which initially expired at the end of this year and will now be valid until the end of the World Cup. 2024. The announcement comes just two days after Pérez masterfully won the Monaco Grand Prix last Sunday, thanks to Red Bull’s brilliant strategy and Ferrari’s trigger, which made it possible.
At 32 years old, Checo has three victories to his name, the last two wearing the overalls of the energetic team, which took him back with a view to 2021, after Racing Point (currently Aston Martin), left him without a steering wheel. “For me it has been an incredible week. Winning in Monaco is a dream for anyone, and being able to announce that I will continue at Red Bull until 2024 makes me very happy, ”said the rider from Jalisco, in the statement sent by the structure of the red buffalo.
In the eyes of his team, Pérez has it all. That’s why all the paddock he took it for granted that the prolongation of the bond could be taken for granted. It is not easy to fit in with a competitive animal like Verstappen, let alone finish races close to him. However, the rider from Guadalajara has achieved both, to the point of becoming a key player in winning the title held last year. “Checo is a legend!” Verstappen exclaimed in Abu Dhabi, fully immersed in the heat of the battle against Lewis Hamilton, in gratitude for the undermining work that Pérez had just done, stopping the British before the arrival of Mad Max . “We have generated a tremendous inertia, and this course we are showing it”, adds the Mexican driver, who, thanks to his latest victory, probably the most notorious of his life, has placed himself just 15 points behind the leader (Verstappen) in the point table.
“Checo has not only shown himself to be a magnificent team player, but as he has become more comfortable, he has also become one of the most advanced drivers on the grid”, Christian Horner, director of Red, compliments him. Bull. “This year he has taken another step, and the difference with Max has been significantly reduced, as was clear in Jeddah, where he achieved the pole, and in Monaco, with its latest victory”, exposes the British executive. “For all these reasons, keeping him was a no-brainer for us,” emphasizes Horner.