Perez 'comfortable' with prospects of keeping Red Bull seat

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Perez 'comfortable' with prospects of keeping Red Bull seat

Sergio Perez believes he is in a "comfortable" position with Red Bull regarding 2022 and expects his team to make a call on his future by the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa at the end of August.

Perez found himself a free agent on the drivers' market at the end of 2020 following Racing Point/Aston Martin's decision to replace the Mexican with Sebastian Vettel.

But Alex Albon's inability to convince Red Bull to keep him onboard for 2021 led to Perez's recruitment by the Milton Keynes-based outfit.

So far, the 31-year-old has contributed 104 points to his team's 289-point tally in the Constructors' standings, a track record that includes Perez's win in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, his second career victory in F1.

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"Obviously, the sooner you know your future the better," Perez said in Hungary, commenting on his chances of remaining with Red Bull in 2022.

"But I am in a very comfortable position within the team, with my future, so nothing to worry about.

"I think by Belgium I will know my future, so I am comfortable how things are and [there is] no reason to look elsewhere."

Although he's delivered a solid haul of points to his team, Perez adaptation to Red Bull has been an inconsistent affair and the Mexican readily admits that he should have done better on a few occasions as a genuine front-runner alongside teammate Max Verstappen who, to date, has scored five wins.

  • Read also: Verstappen has 'ironed out a lot' of mistakes - Ricciardo

"I think the overall picture, I would have liked to be a bit bigger in terms of points and wins and podiums," said Perez.

"In general terms, I think I have grown up a lot with the team, which was the target in the first 10 races, to get to know each other and the car.

"Overall, the results have not been great in one way but in the other, the pace is better than it looks and it is very small margins here and there.

"We are a couple of points away from third in the championship, we are leading the Constructors’, so there are positives to take.

"But it’s only 10 races into the season. I think the next 10 are more important."

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Bottas 'deserves greater credit' for Mercedes job - Hakkinen

Two-time F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen says his countryman Valtteri Bottas deserves more recognition for his contribution to... The post Bottas 'deserves greater credit' for Mercedes job - Hakkinen appeared first on F1i.com.

Bottas 'deserves greater credit' for Mercedes job - Hakkinen

Two-time F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen says his countryman Valtteri Bottas deserves more recognition for his contribution to Mercedes' results.

Bottas is still chasing after his first win his team this season while teammate Lewis Hamilton has won four races so far. Also, the Finn is currently fourth in the Drivers' standings, four points behind third place man Lando Norris.

Bottas is putting in his best effort to try and salvage his seat at Mercedes, a plum drive that George Russell is expected to take over in 2022.

While the Finn puts on a brave face every weekend and tries to fend off any negative vibes about future, Hakkinen believes that his fellow Finn is doing more than just a competent job at Mercedes.

"I know what it is like to go up against the best driver of a generation – in my case, Ayrton Senna – and to have worked with very strong team-mates throughout my career. From Johnny Herbert to Martin Brundle, Mark Blundell to Nigel Mansell and, of course, David Coulthard," Hakkinen wrote in a column for Autosport.

"None of them were slow. All of them very quick, committed and capable Formula 1 drivers.

"It is very easy to talk about someone who is World Champion, winning all the time, and to then criticise their team-mate.

"It’s an easy comparison, but one which avoids the big picture of what it’s like to be one-half of a Championship-winning team. I won two World Championships partly because ‘DC’ was such a strong team-mate.

"People always ask me about out-qualifying Ayrton in my first race at McLaren, although not many will ask Valtteri about the 17 times he has out-qualified Lewis. For some reason my achievement was regarded as difficult, whereas if you drive a Mercedes it’s easy.

"For any team aiming to sustain a World Championship-winning performance the degree of harmony and focus within the driver line-up is an important ingredient. It is one reason why I am certain Valtteri deserves greater credit for the job he has done."

  • Read also: Bottas at a better place 'mentally' with Williams – Button

As Mercedes ponders its choice over its 2022 line-up, Hakkinen suggests that a status-quo at the Brackley squad and maintaining a "positive atmosphere" would help support the team's efforts in tackling next year's all-important regulation overhaul in F1.

"This team work between drivers is such an important aspect for a top team," Hakkinen added.

2nd place Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1. 04.07.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 9, Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg

"Mercedes knows better than anyone what can happen when you have two drivers fighting each other in a way which can be destructive. Part of Valtteri’s job since he joined them was to work beside Lewis, push as hard as possible, but keep the communication flowing.

"Generating a positive atmosphere in the team and pulling in the same direction is a vital quality. It’s important when you are the dominant team, but becomes critical when you have tough competition or, as will happen in 2022, an entirely new set of regulations arrive.

"Regulations which rely on the two drivers working harder than ever to give the team a solid base to work from."

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