Perez in, Albon out at Red Bull for 2021 · RaceFans

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Sergio Perez, Racing Point, Spa-Francorchamps, 2020

Sergio Perez has been confirmed as Alexander Albon’s replacement in the Red Bull team for the 2021 F1 season.

Perez, who was previously contracted to Racing Point for 2021 until the team dropped him in favour of Sebastian Vettel, will join Max Verstappen in Red Bull’s line-up.

The move marks a return to a front-running team for Perez in what will be his 11th season as a Formula 1 driver. He previously joined McLaren in 2013 as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton, but lost his seat to Kevin Magnussen after a single season.

The appointment is Red Bull’s third new driver hiring in as many years following the departure of Daniel Ricciardo at the end of 2018. Pierre Gasly lasted just 12 races as Verstappen’s team mate the following season before being replaced by Albon.

While Albon initially impressed following his move to Red Bull during the summer break, he has found the RB16 a more difficult car to drive than his team mate this year, and often lagged well off Verstappen’s pace. Albon ended the season with less than half Verstappen’s points total.

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