The Mexican driver on board the Red Bull, Sergio Perez is struggling with his bumpy relationship with the team due to his streak of poor performance in the initial bit of the current season and news on Daniel Ricciardo posing as a potential threat. There were speculations that the driver could get replaced, but the team principal, Christian Horner, recently disapproved of these rumors.
Horner, while speaking to the media, said, “We’re happy with Checo and he will be our driver next year. But for us, it’s always good to have… the whole purpose of AlphaTauri and Toro Rosso before was to be training drivers as potential candidates for Red Bull Racing.”
The growing spotlight on Perez is a result of Daniel Ricciardo’s return to Formula 1 with Scuderia AlphaTauri. Post the British Grand Prix, he managed to impress the team principal as well as advisor Helmut Marko with his simulator work and tire testing.
⚠️ Red Bull’s 2025 driver line-up depends on Perez
If Checo performs well, he’ll likely continue beyond 2024 — If not, the RB seat won’t be just limited to AT drivers, Horner has revealed.
There is also no age barrier, Ricciardo won’t be considered ‘too old’
— RBR Daily (@RBR_Daily) August 20, 2023
Perez has had a hard time in recent races, primarily as a result of poor qualifying efforts. In contrast, his teammate, Max Verstappen, has been the dominant force in the sport, winning ten races while maintaining Red Bull’s winning run alive till 2023. There is a chance that the Australian driver Ricciardo may either replace the Mexican if his challenges keep going on and he fails to impress the team and the audience.
Will Perez be replaced by Daniel Ricciardo?
Ricciardo has made it clear about his desire to return to the Red Bull team, providing Yuki Tsunoda with a benchmark by which he can evaluate the goals he has set. For the remainder of the year, Ricciardo has been granted a loan to the sister team AlphaTauri, with the possibility of an extension into 2024 if deemed to be suitable.
While talking to the media, the Aussie talked about the performance-based scrutiny in F1 as he is headed toward the Dutch Grand Prix to solidify his spot in the sport.
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Before winning the Italian Grand Prix in 2021 with McLaren, Ricciardo had an impressive number of podium finishes with Renault over a period of two years. However, this stellar phase was opposed starkly by a largely unsuccessful time during his association with McLaren. He then took a smarter step and resumed contact with Red Bull and joined the team as their reserve driver for the ongoing season.
Although the Milton Keynes-based team is a lead that is unmatched, Verstappen is the one who has been bagging in all the points for himself and the team. In comparison to that Perez, who has secured merely two wins with a few podium finishes. Despite the fact that the driver says he is not going to settle for the second spot, Sergio continues being second to his partner on the team.