Checo Pérez’s days may be numbered at Red Bull Racing

The arrival of Checo Pérez to Red Bull Racing for the 2021 season was a breath of fresh air for the Austrian team, as the Mexican was fundamental in Max Verstappen’s battle with Lewis Hamilton for the Drivers’ Championship, but three years later, things are not in the same tenor and that has set off alarm bells in the team.

The Mexican is experiencing one of his lowest moments in Formula 1 and since the top category arrived in Europe, his performance has been poor, scoring just 15 points in the most recent 5 Grand Prix, results that took him from second place in the Drivers’ Championship to fifth and he could leave Silverstone tomorrow in seventh place.

This situation has worried Red Bull, as the RB20 is not even close to the performance of the RB19, and to this is added the enormous evolution that McLaren and Mercedes are having, plus that of Ferrari, who are hot on the heels of the Austrian team in the Constructors’ Championship and where they are practically fighting with one driver (Max Verstappen).

Although team director Christian Horner has been cautious in his statements, he has said that they urgently need the Guadalajara native to return to his best level to help in the title fight.

This has sparked rumors about Checo’s future in the team, because although he has signed a deal until 2026 with Red Bull, it is speculated that his current contract and the new one have performance clauses, which could work against the Mexican and lead him to lose his seat.

Historically, Red Bull has not been very careful to let go of a driver who does not live up to their expectations and in recent years they have dropped Daniil Kviat (2016) and Pierre Gasly (2019) from the main team in the middle of the season, as well as releasing Alex Albon at the end of 2020, despite having shown good things in his season and a half.

To further fuel the rumours, the team will carry out a test next week at Silverstone with Liam Lawson, the New Zealand driver who replaced Daniel Ricciardo at RB last year when the Australian broke his hand in Holland, leaving very good feelings in the 5 Grand Prix he raced, scoring points in Singapore.

Ricciardo is obviously the one who is put in first place to replace Checo, which would mark his return to the main team, after his departure to Renault in 2019.

 
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