Sergio Perez says he probably would have ended his racing career had he not been hired by Red Bull. The Mexican made his Formula 1 debut in 2011 with the Sauber team.
When the rumor started flowing that Sebastian Vettel would make the switch to Aston Martin, Perez already felt the mood. Lance Stroll is the son of the owner of the team and so the Canadian was assured of a spot.
Switch to Red Bull
After it became known that Vettel would drive for Aston Martin, Pérez knew that the possibilities for a seat in Formula 1 were becoming smaller and smaller. Nevertheless, Red Bull Racing offered the Mexican a contract after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In the podcast The Edge, Pérez talks about that offer: “That was a nice moment for myself, and for my career. Because it was also an important moment for the people who were with me from day one.”
Still, the uncertainty made the two-time race winner doubt a future in Formula 1: “You have to remember that in November 2020 I still had not arranged a seat for the new season. I would probably have retired if Red Bull hadn’t given me a chance. had given.” Despite the opportunity given, the two-time race winner had to take time to get used to the new car.
One of the highlights for Pérez was third place at the Mexican Grand Prix: “To see all my fans, my audience and my family, but also Carlos Slim, my biggest supporter and the one who gave me the chance, that was special.” Despite the podium place, the Mexican wants more: “It was fantastic, but that’s not enough. I want to win my home race one day!”