Perez approached by rival team amid Vettel rumors
Sergio Perez says he was approached by another F1 team after rumors of his possible replacement by Sebastian Vettel at Racing Point broke out earlier this week.
Reports emerged earlier this week that Racing Point, which will become Aston Martin Racing in 2021, had sparked Vettel’s interest and that talks were taking place between the Silverstone-based outfit and the German driver.
However, both Perez and teammate Lance Stroll – the son of Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll – are under contract for next season, theoretically blocking Vettel’s arrival.
But Perez’s contract reportedly includes an exit clause that Racing Point could activate to allow Vettel to join the team.
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However, the situation is further complicated by the significant sponsorship associated with the Mexican’s deal and which the team would lose if Perez departed the outfit.
In Thursday’s FIA press conference in Hungary, Perez repeatedly said that he had a contract for next year, but the 30-year-old also reminded everyone that anything is possible in F1.
“In Formula 1, you never know until you’re going to start the race if you’re going to be racing,” Perez commented.
“This is how things are. I know I’ve got a contract.
“During the week, obviously the rumours came out, and we actually got contacted by a team in the paddock – I won’t say names obviously – and also by other teams in categories, which was quite a surprise, because we have a contract for next year here.
“At the moment, there are just rumours around. Nothing more to add from my side other than we’ve got a contract in place.”
Possible options for Perez should he be forced out of Racing Point include fellow mid-field squads Alfa Romeo Racing and Haas.
But Perez said the mention of Vettel’s name in connection with the team for 2021 was a validation of Racing Point’s improvement and growing momentum.
“The team has taken a good step forward, so it’s good to have a big name linked to the team, because that means we are doing a good job and we are making progress,” Perez said.
“I think the team should be proud of it.
“And the rest? I’ve been in Formula 1 for 10 years, so I’m used to this stuff.”
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