Racing Level saved Perez knowledgeable of plans – Szafnauer
Racing Level group principal Otmar Szafnauer insists he couldn’t have accomplished something extra to maintain Sergio Perez extra knowledgeable about his future with the group earlier than signing Sebastian Vettel.
Perez introduced on Wednesday that he can be leaving Racing Level on the finish of the season regardless of having two extra years on his contract, with Vettel’s arrival coinciding with the group being rebranded as Aston Martin in 2021. Perez then claimed on Thursday that he had solely had affirmation the day of the announcement, and that Racing Level had not instructed him what was coming – one thing Szafnauer disputes.
“We did maintain Sergio updated, in addition to his supervisor Julian (Jakobi),” Szafnauer stated. “When the choice is a troublesome one and it hasn’t been made, there isn’t actually far more than you may say. So I don’t assume we may have stated something extra, in any other case we’d be guessing what the longer term was.”
Whereas it’s bringing in a a number of world champion to switch Perez, Szafnauer admits Racing Level is shedding a powerful driver from its line-up.
“He is aware of the group properly, he’s acquired a great deal of expertise, he’s a a tenacious racer come Sunday, he’s a great qualifier, hardly ever makes errors, brings him the factors, if there’s a sniff of a podium he’s often there,” he stated. “So yeah, we’re giving freely fairly a bit, and I want Checo the perfect of luck, and he deserves to be in Components 1. I hope that he can discover a spot and that we’re racing towards him subsequent 12 months.”
Szafnauer additionally defined that Perez had clauses in his contract that allowed for an early cut up, whereas teammate Lance Stroll – group proprietor Lawrence’s son – didn’t have the identical choices. Regardless of the Stroll presence, the group principal expects to see Vettel acting at his greatest, and says the 2 drivers can be free to race one another.
“What makes us assured that he’ll return to the Seb of outdated? He’s 33 years outdated — he’s nonetheless within the prime of his profession — he’s acquired an unlimited quantity of expertise, he’s nonetheless extremely motivated to do properly, he works actually arduous and we imagine with our group and what we need to take it to and the extent that we need to get to, Seb’s an ideal match for that.
“I’m assured that he’ll race properly. We’ve all the time allowed our drivers to race one another, and that would be the similar sooner or later.”