Vettel poised for Racing Level as Perez publicizes departure
Sergio Perez has introduced his departure from Racing Level on the finish of this season, paving the best way for Sebastian Vettel to affix the staff.
Racing Level will change into Aston Martin Racing in 2021 and has been closely linked with a transfer for Vettel after the four-time world champion was instructed he wouldn’t be staying at Ferrari. Perez (pictured above dueling with Max Verstappen final Sunday at Monza) had a contract in place already for the approaching years with Racing Level, however has now introduced he shall be leaving the staff on the finish of this 12 months, admitting he’s dissatisfied by the event and has no back-up possibility in place.
“All the things in life at all times has a starting and an finish, and after seven years collectively, my time with the staff will come to an finish after this season,” Perez introduced. “It hurts a bit as I wager on the staff throughout very tough instances; we managed to beat obstacles and I’m very happy with saving the roles of a number of of my teammates.
“I’ll preserve the recollections of the good moments lived collectively, the friendships and the satisfaction of at all times giving my all. I’ll at all times be pleased about the chance given to me by Vijay Mallya, who believed in me in 2014 and allowed me to proceed my F1 profession with Drive India.
“To the present administration, led by Lawrence Stroll, I want nothing however one of the best in future, specifically with the upcoming Aston Martin challenge.
“I don’t have a plan B. My intention is to proceed racing right here, however that may rely upon discovering a challenge that motivates me to proceed giving my one hundred pc in every lap.
“I wish to thank every considered one of you who’ve been with me all through these 10 years. To my household, who has at all times been there to assist me regardless of every part. To all of the sponsors who believed in my challenge, to my employees, and primarily God, who blessed me with the chance to reside this unimaginable journey known as F1.
“I hope I may give you some excellent news actual quickly, however for now, let’s take pleasure in collectively the subsequent races.”
Vettel has but to announce what he’ll do in 2021, however the departure of Perez factors to a deal already being agreed that may see the German transfer to Aston Martin subsequent 12 months.
RACER understands Alfa Romeo has proven an curiosity in re-signing Perez — who made his F1 debut for Sauber — however can also be conserving tabs on Nico Hulkenberg’s availability if Kimi Raikkonen doesn’t stay for an additional 12 months. The staff has additionally been linked with one of many Ferrari junior drivers — Callum Ilott, Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman — who’re the highest three within the present System 2 standings.