Three Reasons Why Red Bull Will Consider Extending Perez's Contract Beyond 2024

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by Adam OndrikSaturday, 20 January 2024 at 23:00
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Sergio Perez's future in Red Bull is uncertain and being questioned by many experts. However, it might make sense for the team to keep the Mexican driver, and here is why.
Many experts, like Mika Hakkinen or Christijan Albers, suggested in recent months following the season 2023 that Sergio Perez won't stay with Red Bull beyond 2024.
However, at the end of the day, Red Bull has only been winning championships ever since the Mexican driver joined the team. There are a few reasons why the team will consider giving the 33-year-old the option to extend his contract.

1. Synergy With Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner stated he would not consider drivers like Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso for the second seat in Red Bull because he would not want two "Alphas" in the team.
Whenever two dominant, equally matched drivers meet on the same team, it tends to create trouble that becomes tough to manage and might result in more and more internal conflicts.
Red Bull already has their dominant driver - the triple World Champion and the team needs somebody who is really fast and consistent (Perez needs to work on that). But at the same time, somebody who won't challenge and create tense moments with the 26-year-old.

2. Experience

Even though he made many mistakes in the 2023 season, the fact is that Sergio Perez is one of the most experienced drivers on the grid who has the speed but struggled with pressure last season.
His team principal, Christian Horner, said it multiple times throughout the season. Perez has the pace that his team wants to see; he only needs to work on consistency and qualifying sessions.

3. Team Player 

The Mexican driver played an essential role in helping his teammate secure the Drivers' Championship in 2021. He showed the team is always his priority, and that is essential. Red Bull already knows they can count on the Mexican driver.
Red Bull's team principal said the team will consider Checo as a serious candidate for the seat beyond the 2024 season. Perez has everything the team from Milton Keynes looks for in the driver.
The only thing he needs to work on is the results in comparison to Verstappen, who is a good benchmark going into the 2024 season.