Red Bull on Tuesday announced they have rewarded Sergio Perez with a fresh two-year deal until 2024, with the Mexican signing in Monaco last weekend.
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The new contract gave Max Verstappen’s team-mate double cause for celebration after he emerged from all the chaos caused by a pre-race deluge to win the iconic Grand Prix.
“For us, holding onto his pace, race craft and experience was a no-brainer and we are delighted that Checo will continue to race for the team until 2024,” said team boss Christian Horner.
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Sergio Perez, 32, moved to within 15 points of world champion Verstappen in the Formula One drivers’ standings after rising above all the mayhem on Sunday, that fine win coming after three second-place finishes.
He joined Red Bull last season, claiming a win on another street circuit in Azerbaijan with four further podiums to finish fourth behind his Dutch colleague.
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Sergio Perez said: “For me, this has been an incredible week, winning the Monaco Grand Prix is a dream for any driver and then to follow that with announcing I will continue with the team until 2024 just makes me extremely happy.”
Horner in his statement noted the popular Sergio Perez had done a “fantastic” job and stepped up a gear in his second year with the team.
“Time and again he has proved himself to not only be a magnificent team player but as his level of comfort has grown he has become a real force to be reckoned with at the sharp end of the grid,” Horner remarked.
“This year he has taken another step and the gap to world champion Max has closed significantly, evidenced by his superb pole position in Jeddah earlier this year and by his wonderful win in Monaco just last weekend.”
F1 DRIVERS STANDINGS AFTER MONACO GRAND PRIX
1. Max Verstappen (NED) 125 pts, 2. Charles Leclerc (MON) 116, 3. Sergio Pérez (MEX) 110, 4. George Russell (GBR) 84, 5. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) 83, 6. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 50, 7. Lando Norris (GBR) 48, 8. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 40, 9. Esteban Ocon (FRA) 30, 10. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) 15, 11. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 11, 12. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) 11, 13. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 10, 14. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 6, 15. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 5, 16. Alexander Albon (THA) 3, 17. Lance Stroll (CAN) 2, 18. Zhou Guanyu (CHN) 1, 19. Mick Schumacher (GER) 0, 20. Nico Hülkenberg (GER) 0, 21. Nicholas Latifi (CAN) 0
1. Red Bull 235 pts, 2. Ferrari 199, 3. Mercedes 134, 4. McLaren-Mercedes 59, 5. Alfa Romeo 4, 6. Alpine-Renault 40, 7. AlphaTauri-Red Bull 17, 8. Haas-Ferrari 15, 9. Aston Martin-Mercedes 7, 10. Williams-Mercedes 3
By Garrin Lambley © Agence France-Presse
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