Perez giggles at F1 exit whispers

Sergio Perez is optimistic that a better approach to the upcoming US GP will aid his recovery from his recent downturn in form.

This decline has ignited speculation about the Mexican’s stint at Red Bull, leading to buzz that he might announce his Formula 1 retirement in Mexico next weekend.

“I just laugh about it,” the 33-year-old remarked in Austin.

“I can’t change anything so I am completely focused on my own performance. I have been particularly busy working with the team lately,” Perez continued.

“But these rumours sum up my season. Someone says something about me and immediate it is the truth.”

Perez indicated there is “no reason” for neither he nor Red Bull to not stick to their 2024 agreement.

“By the way, it won’t be my last one in Formula 1,” he emphasized. “I’m 33 now and still have some good years left. I am now at Red Bull and want to stay here, although of course it has to work for both sides.”

Earlier this week, Red Bull consultant Dr. Helmut Marko dismissed the notion that he has issued an “ultimatum” for Perez to either finish second overall in 2023 or have his contract terminated.

“The easiest thing would be to walk away, but I’m not like that,” Perez shared in Austin. “I will not give up. I have no doubt that I can still reach my best level.”

“That’s the only thing on my mind right now. I’m not even thinking about retiring from F1.”

Team principal Christian Horner told the British newspaper the Mirror about Perez’s dedication, revealing he committed three days straight in the simulator last week.

“That’s not something he has ever done previously,” he commented.

Regarding rumours about Perez’s potential F1 departure, Horner said, “It’s not something that we have discussed or even contemplated.”

Regarding Perez’s challenges, teammate Max Verstappen mentioned to Servus TV, “This is a tough sport.”

“We are teammates and we work well together, which was already the case with Pierre (Gasly) and Alex (Albon). The point is that you have to perform,” Verstappen added.