Perez blindsided by Racing Level/Vettel deal
Sergio Perez says he was not informed of Racing Level’s future driver line-up plans till receiving a name from Lawrence Stroll on Wednesday to say that he was not required after this season.
Racing Level will rebrand as Aston Martin in 2021 as group proprietor Stroll appears to advertise the enduring British automotive model he additionally controls. Forward of that change, Racing Level has additionally made strikes within the driver market, confirming at the moment that Sebastian Vettel will be a part of the group, following an announcement on Wednesday that Perez wouldn’t be persevering with past the top of this season. Perez had a contract in place till the top of 2022.
“Principally, I bought a affirmation yesterday,” Perez stated. “No person informed me something, however I already knew and found out a few issues. The ultimate affirmation got here yesterday. And it’s tremendous – seven years with the group. Every little thing has a starting and likewise an finish, and we nonetheless have 9 races to make one another very proud.
“I bought a name from Lawrence. He informed me yesterday that they’re going in a distinct path.”
Perez had beforehand strongly denied rumors Vettel might exchange him, and stated that the entire data he had from the group was that he can be staying.
“That was the suggestions I used to be getting, the group wished to maintain me and so forth,” he stated. “There have been some discussions within the background about contracts and so forth, which I’m not keen to reveal as a result of I believe these issues ought to stay between the group and myself. However there have been a few issues within the contract that we went via and so they simply formally informed me yesterday that I’m not persevering with. I didn’t anticipate that, however it’s how it’s.”
Nevertheless, Perez doesn’t really feel he deserved an earlier choice from Racing Level, even when figuring out there was potential that he may very well be changed would have helped him make different plans for the long run.
“I wouldn’t say upset in that regard, as a result of clearly I perceive the group has the negotiations happening and so they took in all probability longer than I believed,” he stated. “Most likely a bit extra readability would have helped concerning my future as effectively, as a result of then I might have appeared for a plan B, which in all probability wouldn’t have modified something. I’ve been lengthy sufficient on this enterprise… it’s a part of this loopy world referred to as F1.”