Sergio Perez has said his focus on the here and now is such that he is not yet looking at his future at Red Bull beyond 2022.
His current deal runs out at the end of the season, with Pierre Gasly in particular waiting in the wings to pounce on any opportunity that may come to partner Max Verstappen next year.
Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has made it clear he does not want to lose Gasly from the Red Bull stable if he can help it, but acknowledged that could well happen if he cannot re-promote him to the senior team.
Perez has started the season well, taking the first pole position of his Formula 1 career in Jeddah, leading comfortably before a poorly-timed yellow flag period saw him leapfrogged by Verstappen and both Ferrari drivers.
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But driver market ‘silly season’ is not yet on the Mexican’s mind, and is keen to put his attention on the job at hand, and doesn’t think his future, whichever way it goes, will take a long time to resolve.
“I’ve been in Formula 1 for 12 years,” Perez said, quoted by Sports Mole.
“I’m so focused on this season that I haven’t even thought about it. Eventually it will come and it won’t take long in either direction, but it’s something I haven’t thought about yet.”
He added that he holds a “very good relationship” with Verstappen at the team, both on and off-track, which has led to a positive working atmosphere within Red Bull.
“We are more alike than people think,” Perez said. “F1 is not everything, we have a life outside of the sport and that is why we respect each other and have good times together, which I think is also important for the team.”
Perez and Red Bull have been locked in an early-season battle with Ferrari at the front of the field, with the two teams having been in a league of their own in fighting for both victories.
The Mexican is playing the long game for the season, and is intrigued to see how it will play out.
“Having another team fighting up front is interesting,” he said, “but it will be interesting to see how Ferrari can maintain this pace.
“The championship is very demanding from the first to the last race.”
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