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Sergio Perez will stay with Red Bull until 2026

Mexican F1 driver signs a two-year contract expansion

Hopefully, the contract extension will boost Checo's confidence. PHOTO FROM FORMULA 1

With Lewis Hamilton replacing Carlos Sainz at Ferrari in 2025, fans have been wondering if the Spaniard could move to Red Bull. Apparently, that isn’t happening as the team has chosen to keep Sergio Perez with a two-year contract expansion.

Checo first joined Red Bull in 2021 and helped Max Verstappen win his first drivers’ title that year. He then contributed to Red Bull’s constructors’ titles in 2022 and 2023. Currently, he has five wins and several podiums with the team.

Now that the competition is getting tighter, some are questioning Sergio’s performance as he currently sits fifth in the standings. On the contrary, others think Sainz might not be a good match with Verstappen considering their time together at Toro Rosso in 2015, and that their fathers—who both have motorsport experience—are deeply involved in their careers.

Perhaps Sergio Perez is being kept because Christian Horner doesn't want any more drama within the team. PHOTO FROM RED BULL

“Now is an important time to confirm our lineup for 2025, and we are very pleased to continue working together with Checo,” said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. “Continuity and stability are important for the team, and both Checo and Max are a successful and robust partnership, securing our first ever one-two finish for the team in the championship last year. The past few races have been tough—there is convergence on the grid—but we are confident in Checo and look forward to his return to proven form and performance that we so often see.”

While this is good news for Checo, the rest of the Red Bull family, particularly Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo, are probably not happy to hear this.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.