Red Bull F1 swaps Sergio Perez for young driver for British Grand Prix

Red Bull F1 swaps Sergio Perez for young driver for British Grand Prix
Red Bull F1 swaps Sergio Perez for young driver for British Grand Prix

Red Bull have announced that Sergio Perez will not be present during FP1 of the British Grand Prix, as Isack Hadjar will replace him to test their car.

Hadjar Development

The 19-year-old is currently racing in F2 for Campos Racing in the Spanish team, alongside Pepe Martí. In the meantime, he is part of Red Bull’s development programme. He is one of the most outstanding drivers in the category, being second in the championship, with two wins in Melbourne and Imola respectively, in addition to his recent podium in Austria last week.

In accordance with F1 regulations, which dictate that teams must field a junior driver at least twice a season, Milton Keynes’ team has chosen Hadjar. He will take Perez’s seat for at least an hour in the first practice session in England.

Good sensations

This will not be the first time that the Frenchman has been in an F1 car, as he already made two appearances during last season. In 2023, he replaced the Mexican in the FP1 in Abu Dhabi and Yuki Tsunoda in the then AlphaTauri, leaving very good impressions.

We were all impressed with him.“He was calm when he went out on track and used three different types of tyres: the prototypes, the medium and the soft. And, with all three compounds, I must say that he did a good job,” said Tost at the end of the session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Silverstone will be a test track for several young drivers such as Franco Colapinto with Williams, Jack Doohan at Alpine and the recently confirmed F1 driver for 2025, Oliver Bearman with Haas.

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