Red Bull reward Monaco man Perez with new deal to 2024

1. Red Bull reward Monaco man Perez with new deal to 2024
Red Bull Racing’s Mexican driver Sergio Perez (center) celebrates with team members in the Parc Ferme after winning the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Monaco street circuit in Monaco, on May 29, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
PARIS — Red Bull on Tuesday announced they have rewarded Sergio Perez with a fresh two-year deal until 2024, saying the decision to hold on to the most successful Mexican driver in Formula One history was “a no brainer”.اضافة اعلان

Max Verstappen’s teammate signed his new contract at Monaco at the weekend to give him double cause for celebration after he emerged from all the chaos caused by a pre-race deluge to win the iconic Grand Prix.

“For us, holding onto his pace, race craft and experience was a no-brainer and we are delighted that Checo will continue to race for the team until 2024,” team boss Christian Horner said.

Perez, 32, moved to within 15 points of world champion Verstappen and only nine behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the drivers’ standings after rising above all the mayhem on Sunday, that fine win coming after three second-place finishes.

Perez said: “For me, this has been an incredible week, winning the Monaco Grand Prix is a dream for any driver, and then to follow that with announcing I will continue with the team until 2024 just makes me extremely happy.”

He joined Red Bull last season, claiming a win on another street circuit in Azerbaijan with four further podiums to finish fourth behind his Dutch colleague.

In his statement, Horner noted the popular Perez had done a “fantastic” job and stepped up a gear in his second year with the team.

“Time and again he has proved himself to not only be a magnificent team player but as his level of comfort has grown he has become a real force to be reckoned with at the sharp end of the grid,” Horner remarked.

“This year he has taken another step and the gap to world champion Max has closed significantly, evidenced by his superb pole position in Jeddah earlier this year and by his wonderful win in Monaco just last weekend.”

This is not the first time Perez has had reason to be happy on two fronts after a Grand Prix win.

Milestone moment

At the back end of the 2020 season, with his seat at Racing Point already assigned to Sebastian Vettel, he ended the invidious record of 190 starts without a race win in Bahrain at the Sakhir Grand Prix.

Shortly after this milestone moment, he was putting pen to paper on his first Red Bull contract to put a far rosier complexion on a week where his future in F1 had looked bleak with his Racing Point contract ending in Abu Dhabi the following Sunday.

Born in Guadalajara he was a member of the Ferrari driver academy until 2012, making his F1 debut for Sauber the year before. He would go on to drive for McLaren, Force India, and remained with them after the team went bankrupt as Racing Point.

As well as the longest streak without a win, he also holds another record not to tell the grandchildren about - he competed in 215 Grand Prix without taking pole position, only snapping that sequence in Saudi Arabia in March.

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