If Red Bull Racing decides not to extend the expiring contract with Sergio Pérez after 2024, the Mexican does not have to worry about his future. The 2023 runner-up will be welcomed with open arms in Formula E, says Alberto Longo, the co-founder of the electric racing series.
Despite a strong start to the 2023 season, Pérez had to passively watch as his teammate Max Verstappen dominated him again and again from the Miami Grand Prix. While Verstappen won his third world title with ease, the Mexican struggled more than once to secure a spot in Q3. The contrast between the two Red Bull drivers was particularly stark and rumors of an early departure for the six-time GP winner became increasingly stronger as the season progressed.
Red Bull would not want to respect Pérez’s contract, which runs until the end of 2024, but this rumor was debunked by both advisor Helmut Marko and team boss Christian Horner. The duo confirmed that Pérez will simply drive the second car of the Austrian racing team in 2024. Horner later added that the 33-year-old from Guadalajara has a longer stay at Red Bull in his own hands.
Pérez welcome to Formula E
To enforce a contract extension with his current team, Pérez will have to achieve better results in 2024. However, if he does not succeed, he does not have to worry about his future. According to co-founder Longo, the Mexican is very welcome in Formula E. “I constantly talk to Checo (Pérez, ed.) and I hope he makes the step to a real competition,” the Spaniard jokes in an interview with sports newspaper AS . ‘Formula E is his home and he will be welcomed with open arms. He is of course more than welcome,” Longo said.