Sergio Perez’s exit announcement created quite the headlines on social media, when he released a heartfelt message from his accounts. Shortly later, Racing Point announced the signing of four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel – who quits Ferrari at the end of 2020.
Although Perez was understandably disappointed, he has now outrightly stated that he does not hold any kind of hostility towards Vettel.
Sebastian Vettel not an enemy for Perez
In fact Sergio Perez has been particularly jovial about the whole incident. Much like his personality, he has taken it in good stride and not looked to criticize or blame Vettel in any way. Or for that matter, anyone in particular.
Speaking in the pre-race press conference, Perez stated:
“Yes, I hate Sebastian!,” joked Perez.
“No, of course I have nothing against Seb. He’s a great guy and driver who goes on board with a fantastic team. I wish I could have continued with this team because it looks good especially for next year. But I’ve been in this business for a long time and I understand the background. I don’t hold a grudge against anyone and I don’t take anything personally.” (translated from Google Translate)
One will hold a certain empathy towards Sergio Perez, especially after his eight-year long association with the team. He has given some memorable moments with his driving and podium finishes.
But from Racing Point’s perspective, having the chance to sign an elite driver is not something that arrives every day. And with Lance Stroll‘s future in the team completely secured, the logical outcome was Perez losing his seat.
Sergio Perez has made contact with a few teams
People have been speculating about Perez’s future after the exit announcement. And naturally, such a talented driver would have some options to choose from. But now it has come from the horse’s mouth, with Perez talking about it.
“I think in the next week or soon I will know which options are realistic. But I’ll keep that to myself because I think everyone deserves this respect. The teams also hold talks with other drivers and currently also have pilots under contract. That’s why it should stay between the team and me.” (translated from Google Translate)
Based on the latest news and developments, the teams that are likely to have contacted Perez, are Haas and Alfa Romeo. Both teams are rumored to be looking to shake up things a little and experiment with fresh drivers.
This means that Magnussen, Grosjean and Giovinazzi’s seats are all at risk. An alternative option in the form of IndyCar series via McLaren, has also been touted as a potential option. Whatever the case may be, Sergio Perez still has 9 races to go this season. And it will be interesting to see how he performs in the rest of this season.