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Mexican will drive beside Max Verstappen in 2021 F1 season; Alex Albon stays on in reserve capacity
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18 December 2020

Red Bull Racing has confirmed its driver line-up for the 2021 Formula 1 season will feature Sergio Pérez.

rez, who became the first Mexican to win an F1 race in more than 50 years at the recent Sakhir Grand Prix, will race alongside Max Verstappen.

Verstappen’s team-mate for the 2020 season, Alex Albon, will remain at Red Bull but in a reserve role. 

The Anglo-Thai driver had a difficult debut season with Red Bull after moving up from the company’s second F1 team, Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri).

He finished seventh, a full 109 points away from Verstappen and 20 points behind rez in a Racing Point car, reaching the podium only twice.

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner said: “Alex is a valued member of the team, and we thought long and hard about this decision. Having taken our time to evaluate all the relevant data and performances, we have decided that Sergio is the right driver to partner Max for 2021 and look forward to welcoming him to Red Bull Racing."

rez delivered his best season in 10 years of racing in F1 yet still faced uncertainty after being dropped by Racing Point (now renamed Aston Martin) for 2021 late in the season in favour of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who was dropped by Ferrari.

The 30-year-old looked likely to take a sabbatical if he couldn't secure a seat with a competitive team.

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sabre 19 December 2020

It seems that Checo will show his heels to both Stroll (both) and Vettel next season. It may prove the decision of Racing made no Point.Yet, it is very satisfying to see both Checo and Seb still racing in 2021. Good for F1.

Peter Cavellini 19 December 2020
sabre wrote:

It seems that Checo will show his heels to both Stroll (both) and Vettel next season. It may prove the decision of Racing made no Point.Yet, it is very satisfying to see both Checo and Seb still racing in 2021. Good for F1.

Won one,

                       Great that he has won a race, a race he wouldn't have won on merit if there hadn't been race incidents and a certain team cocking up in the Pits,oh, and a puncture at a critical point in the race, I want Checo to do the same next year.

Paul Dalgarno 18 December 2020

All F1 drivers are way better than we mere mortals, but Albon I believe was on average 0.5s away in qualifying. The difference between great and very good is 0.2 to 0.3s at worst. Takes a lot to make a car go 0.3s faster via development, so he wasn't good enough unfortunately. Sad but true. Red Bull got hung up on promoting juniors before they were ready. For every Verstappen there are 4 failures. At least they got a chance I suppose. Mercedes won't let a rookie in, but hopefully Russell will get his shot in 2022. 

jason_recliner 18 December 2020
Paul Dalgarno wrote:

All F1 drivers are way better than we mere mortals, but Albon I believe was on average 0.5s away in qualifying. The difference between great and very good is 0.2 to 0.3s at worst. Takes a lot to make a car go 0.3s faster via development, so he wasn't good enough unfortunately. Sad but true. Red Bull got hung up on promoting juniors before they were ready. For every Verstappen there are 4 failures. At least they got a chance I suppose. Mercedes won't let a rookie in, but hopefully Russell will get his shot in 2022. 

jason_recliner 18 December 2020
jason_recliner wrote:
Paul Dalgarno wrote:

All F1 drivers are way better than we mere mortals, but Albon I believe was on average 0.5s away in qualifying. The difference between great and very good is 0.2 to 0.3s at worst. Takes a lot to make a car go 0.3s faster via development, so he wasn't good enough unfortunately. Sad but true. Red Bull got hung up on promoting juniors before they were ready. For every Verstappen there are 4 failures. At least they got a chance I suppose. Mercedes won't let a rookie in, but hopefully Russell will get his shot in 2022. 

jason_recliner 18 December 2020
Paul Dalgarno wrote:

All F1 drivers are way better than we mere mortals, but Albon I believe was on average 0.5s away in qualifying. The difference between great and very good is 0.2 to 0.3s at worst. Takes a lot to make a car go 0.3s faster via development, so he wasn't good enough unfortunately. Sad but true. Red Bull got hung up on promoting juniors before they were ready. For every Verstappen there are 4 failures. At least they got a chance I suppose. Mercedes won't let a rookie in, but hopefully Russell will get his shot in 2022. 

Peter Cavellini 18 December 2020

 Well done,

                  Here's the question though, was the " Pink Mercedes " the reason he won a GP?