Checo Perez will stick with Crimson Bull for 2024, however as soon as his contract is up, he could possibly be out and two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen has revealed the secret to Perez to maintain that spot.
The Finnish racing legend, who remains to be technically on a sabbatical that he launched into in 2001, has instructed Perez to simply accept that he will not win a world title and by doing so, he would possibly be capable of win a couple of extra races earlier than the 33-year-old’s time in System 1 is over.
“Often one or the opposite is slower,” Hakkinen advised UniBet. “On this case Perez is slower than Max, it has been fairly clear recently.”
“If the slower teammate accepts the state of affairs, is ready to talk properly with media and the staff, is ready to develop the automotive, is motivated and might keep inside three or four-tenths of the quick one, I do not assume it is a dangerous factor. I feel it is an OK state of affairs.
“But when the teammate begins to complain, if he accuses the staff of not giving him automotive, will not be motivated and outcomes go up and down, it is not good for the staff. That is when the staff must make modifications.
“I do know that having a Mexican driver is necessary for Crimson Bull. Mexico is an enormous market which has its impact on issues. However, in the end, you are there to race and convey good outcomes and to develop the automotive sooner.
“You’ll be able to’t depend on one driver solely. You’ll want to have two drivers on a sure degree in an effort to develop the automotive. Is Perez’s future at Crimson Bull? I feel it is extremely unlikely.”
2025’s unlit bonfire
For the 2024 System 1 season there have been no modifications to the driving force grid for the primary time within the historical past of the game. Even under-fire drivers like Perez, Lance Stroll and Logan Sargeant held onto their seats for one more yr.
However for 2025 the state of affairs shall be completely different, and the driving force market might explode and throw every part into the air leaving followers ready for the chaos to settle in what’s routinely dubbed “foolish season”.
Solely 5 drivers have a working relationship with their groups past 2024. They’re Max Verstappen (2028), Oscar Piastri (2026), Lewis Hamilton (2025), Lando Norris (2025) and George Russell (2025).
One would additionally anticipate that Stroll, ought to he need to proceed, will retain his seat. Though there there isn’t a readability on his contract, his father, Lawrence, owns Aston Martin, so he doesn’t appear to be in danger so long as his mum or dad is the boss and he is motivated to take action.
However essentially the most desired place within the collection is that of Sergio Perez with Crimson Bull, the dominant F1 staff as proven in 2023 by profitable 21 of twenty-two races with 19 of them being delivered by Verstappen. The Dutchman was typically a number of tenths a lap sooner in 2023 and Perez was, subsequently, left racing Hamilton’s slower Mercedes for the runners-up spot.
The Mexican has confronted lots of noise about his proper to carry that seat, from Hamilton, Lando Norris and lots of others. Even from these throughout the staff, such because the influential Helmut Marko, however for now he has the favor of the staff boss, Christian Horner.