Perez to race for Red Bull in 2021
18/12/2020 | sport | f1 | 736
Mexican Sergio Perez signs to race for Red Bull alongside Max Verstappen next year.
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18/12/2020 14:38:21 26 1
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Wow, it actually happened. A welcome surprise.
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18/12/2020 14:38:22 365 6
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Tough for Albon but in reality probably the right choice for the team's chances next year.
Also it would have been criminal had Perez not been racing in 2021...
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18/12/2020 14:53:49 41 100
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What if were all wrong? And max is just overperforming in that car.
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18/12/2020 15:00:00 16 58
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Waste of money signing him, my nan could do the same job. Its all the car remember.
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18/12/2020 16:08:13 11 21
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The Red Bull is a theoretically fast car, but it's a nightmare to extract that performance and do so consistently. Perez has performed well in a well behaved car. Could end up being worse than Albon in the RB.
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18/12/2020 16:45:15 7 3
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It was the only choice honestly. This is Sergio's second chance with a front running car and he might not get another if he fluffs it. But if he proves he can adapt to next years car and scores the results RB are looking for? It will make Albon's situation impossible.
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18/12/2020 22:25:13 0 1
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Yes you are spot on. It cannot have gone unnoticed that Sergio is not only a talented driver but an eloquent one as well. Always more than happy it seems to be both circumspect and outgoing depending on the time and place. A credit to FI and a marvelous addition for Red Bull's future prospects..
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19/12/2020 19:54:30 0 0
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Honestly i think red bull 1) have for several years, a car that requires a specific driving style to go quick. 2) have terrible driver management. And 3) Perez fluffed it in a good McLaren, i cant see him going much better than albon. Hulk, Alonso or several others would fit the bill better imo. Next season and gone for Perez in F1.
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18/12/2020 14:38:41 38 3
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Good, deserves a drive, hopefully will give MV some competition
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ZG
18/12/2020 18:51:42 10 0
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He'll be an interesting benchmark coming from a Mercedes-like car concept to a Newey-mobile. I wonder how the car will suit his driving style?
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rk
18/12/2020 14:39:07 6 0
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Great decision by redbull
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18/12/2020 14:39:24 55 1
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This is the right decision. Perez is too good.
As Murray used to say, It’s not enough to be lucky, you’ve got to be good’.
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18/12/2020 14:39:31 8 3
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Shame for Albon but deserved for Perez. Surprised Red Bull didn't promote from their younger drivers all the same...
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Ams
18/12/2020 14:39:34 33 2
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Fantastic news and great to see that common sense has prevailed!!
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18/12/2020 14:39:51 51 2
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Good news, He deserves a decent seat for next season, and unfortunately Alex just hasn't competed for most of the past year.
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18/12/2020 20:53:40 7 5
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Considering Red Bull has been on a steady decline over the past few seasons, not sure if this is a major improvement over Racing Point who are a team on the way up.
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18/12/2020 14:39:57 16 1
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Well deserved. Good luck Sergio.
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18/12/2020 14:40:28 28 2
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Fully deserved......????
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18/12/2020 14:40:33 46 3
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solid decision, should make next year a bit more interesting
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18/12/2020 20:55:22 5 9
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Only thing interesting about next season will be which team finishes 2nd in the standings.
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18/12/2020 14:40:38 212 5
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I like Albon but this is the right decision, Perez has driven brilliantly this year, I hope the pressure doesn't get to him against Max, they wil take a lot of points from the Mercedes boys now, a closer championship can only be a good thing!!!
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18/12/2020 14:49:11 52 6
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It depends how competitive his mindset is, if he's for the team then Red Bull will benefit massively, if he's out to challenge Max then it could be a less effective signing.

Judging from the outside I think he's a team player?
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18/12/2020 16:07:32 4 1
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There is no pressure against Max when racing hard but fair. The ONLY pressure is when you're not up there scoring high points and standing on that podium at often as it is possible.
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19/12/2020 01:16:45 2 3
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Good for Perez but i just don,t see this improving the team. The RB is set up by hugely differently to the Merc & Perez has been driving for the Merc B team...outpforming a poor team mate to boot. It couldn,t have anything to do with the Mexican money he brings with him surely.
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19/12/2020 23:21:06 0 0
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Perez is the best lower car ranked driver and for him not to be given a Merc seat says a lot for their driver signings next year.
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18/12/2020 14:40:40 146 5
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YES SERGIO!!! Well deserved. Can't wait to see how him and Max work together
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18/12/2020 14:52:44 134 19
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Work together? Max ? Together? Sergio has raced everyone and most of all Lance. Max is selfish and has evidenced, I think some point there’ll be a red bull taking out a red bull
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18/12/2020 14:54:38 16 17
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The farce is finally over, they made this decision months ago and kept it quiet to prevent a demotivated Albon performing even worse than he has been.

All this garbage talk about wanting to stick with Albon was just another Horner lie.
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19/12/2020 10:19:32 2 0
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Don't underestimate the positive effect on the other drivers of Lewis Hamiltons conduct & attitude. Lewis by continually rising above the pettiness, arguments and petulance has fundamentally changed the way the drivers interact with each other over the past decade.

The strops, arguments and unfriendliness between the drivers of the past has been replaced with a comradery never seen before in F1.
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18/12/2020 14:42:06 21 5
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Yes!

Mercedes had it easy this year, partly because of Albon being unable to backup Max. Hopefully '21 will be a bit more competitive.
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18/12/2020 14:42:29 32 2
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Yes Checo! Great reward for a great driver, now time to show what you can do against the very best. Feel sorry for Albon but he didn’t do enough in that cursed second RB seat, maybe once they are done placating Honda with their junior driver Albon can have a go at resurrecting his career like Gasly has done
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18/12/2020 20:18:34 4 0
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The problem of placating Honda won't exist in 2022, will Red Bull?
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cj
18/12/2020 14:42:44 112 2
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It’s going to spice things up. MV will be pushed and it will make Merc work harder
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18/12/2020 15:01:45 26 46
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How can that be true if its all the car? can we make our minds up please.
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18/12/2020 15:33:23 7 21
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MV will crucify Perez
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18/12/2020 16:43:31 4 0
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I'd still bet Mercedes will finish ahead of RB in 2021.
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18/12/2020 14:43:44 52 3
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Finally gets the drive he deserves. One of the few genuine guys in F1.
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18/12/2020 14:43:48 60 2
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Nice to see an under rated driver get a top drive, Go Sergio!
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18/12/2020 22:52:37 11 3
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He is not underrated..
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19/12/2020 09:02:20 0 3
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Since when has Perez been underrated? He's overrated if anything.
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18/12/2020 14:44:05 9 1
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Great news. He's probably the best driver after Hamilton and Verstappen.
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18/12/2020 14:49:20 14 4
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Him or Leclerc. What Leclerc has managed to get out of the Ferrari this year compared to Vettel shows what a talented driver he is.
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18/12/2020 14:44:20 39 2
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Fully deserved. Alex is a good driver, but does not seem to be mature enough to handle pressure of driving along Max. Good luck to Checo!
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18/12/2020 15:38:08 8 46
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How do you mature from the sidelines?

Perez showed promise but soon settled into a journeyman driver.

Let the youth with talent, not huge bank accounts, come through.
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18/12/2020 14:44:24 13 2
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Right decision. Albon is young and can be fast in a car that's suited him but as of right now Perez is a much much better driver. I think he'll get convincingly out qualified by Verstappen but he can get a ton of podiums in that Red Bull.
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18/12/2020 14:44:41 7 1
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Great news for Perez. Albon just wasn't competitive enough this season. Will be interesting to see how Perez goes in a decent car....
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18/12/2020 14:44:44 10 2
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One has to feel for Alex, but this is great news for F1 fans. Inadvertently, the Stroll's are proving to be quite beneficial.

On another note we often message about HAM, VES, STRL etc, but no one ever mentions Giovanazzi. He is the most under the radar - rubbish - F1 driver on the grid.
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18/12/2020 14:50:01 9 1
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He beat RAI in quali (9-8) and had the same number of points as him, so I'm not sure how you justify that statement.
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18/12/2020 16:39:32 1 0
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To be fair to Giovinazzi he kept Raikonnen honest this year in a garbage car and has very clearly upped his game from a woeful rookie season.

If anything it's weird why they stick with Kimi; had a good year last season but didn't show anything this year.
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18/12/2020 14:45:22 87 4
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I like Albon and was routing for him this year. Unfortunately it didn't happen for him this year. Perez deserves his chance in a decent car.
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18/12/2020 15:06:22 92 17
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I did quite a bit of routing in my shed this year....made a lovely table I did.
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ZG
18/12/2020 18:23:43 4 0
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I'd did a little bit of routing on my LAN this year, sending packets destined for remote networks via a suitably capable host. I wouldn't give any of it to Albon though. I mean - he's a racing driver; He has no time to worry about internetworking.
I assume Red Bull will give him the Alpha Tauri seat back though, eh?
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18/12/2020 14:46:01 12 1
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Sorry Albon but you're just not good enough.

Will be interesting to see the difference in speed between Max and Sergio.

Mercedes might regret sticking with Bottas as the No 2.
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18/12/2020 15:00:31 11 0
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As long as they wrap up both WDC and Constructors I suspect who is alongside Lewis is a secondary concern. What they perhaps don’t want is some new driver wanting to prove themselves and committing the biggest no-no and taking their team mate out the race. Bearing in mind Lewis’ 347 points was enough to have won the constructors outright.
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18/12/2020 14:46:06 20 1
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Correct decision. Perez is way too good to be without a seat.
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18/12/2020 14:46:10 5 3
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Common sense prevails. Albon was never up to it, showed a few flashes of being decent for TR but that was about it, the figures don’t lie as you can’t be a great driver and be beaten in quali every Saturday.
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18/12/2020 14:46:36 18 2
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Brilliant news now Alex needs to get out of that RB contract and go to a team that will bring his true talents out. As for RB I remember the Perez from old in a competitive car just ask Ocon can't wait for the fireworks to begin with that lot.
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18/12/2020 23:52:09 0 0
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Which other team do you have in mind?.. the number one team: Mercedes... the second best team: Red Bull... or the rest of teams eager to sign him?
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18/12/2020 14:46:59 20 1
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Thoroughly deserved! Well done Checo and Redbull, brilliant decision by Redbull who have finally realised they need 2 quality drivers in order to challenge Mercedes. Racing point dropping Checo for Vettel was a travesty.
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18/12/2020 15:24:52 3 4
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Much as I like and rate Perez, so approve this move, Vettel will take a lot to Racing Point. He´s had over 10 years of driving for big teams and championships. Check out what Ferrari say about his qualities.
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18/12/2020 14:47:22 0 14
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Who writes this stuff. Aston Martin Red Bull? Aston Martin will be Racing Point surely?
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18/12/2020 14:59:23 11 0
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The official name for Red Bull this year is Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.......as this article is written still in 2020, I suspect 'who writes this stuff' is correct.
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18/12/2020 15:05:49 0 0
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Aston Martin have been sponsoring Red Bull for a long time now, long before the investment in Racing Point.
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18/12/2020 14:47:29 10 1
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Excellent - well deserved
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18/12/2020 14:48:23 96 4
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Chuffed to bits for Checo. It would have been a crime if he didn't have a seat next year.

Mercedes may rue keeping hold of Valtteri. You'd say both Max and Checo are looking stronger than Valtteri at the moment, so I'd expect alot tighter constructors championship next year.
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18/12/2020 16:32:28 35 4
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The implications for next year aren't much different to this year, sadly; the Mercedes is still the fastest car by a mile, so no stopping Hamilton. It does however mean there's a genuine chance of Bottas somehow ending up 4th in the WDC, which given the pace available to him would probably be the final, killing blow to his F1 career.
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18/12/2020 17:21:07 8 0
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Great for George Russell though. If Botas is 3rd or 4th next year, assuming Lewis wins it all, then GR for Mercedes in 2022!
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18/12/2020 17:38:15 4 0
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Merc secured VB too early in the season.
VB won't be driving the Merc in 2022
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18/12/2020 17:50:28 8 0
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merc should stick russel in the car and send bottas back to williams!
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18/12/2020 17:58:38 9 0
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I think bottas has got 1 more season at Mercedes, then they’ll replace him with Russell at Williams
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19/12/2020 12:12:48 1 0
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Why would Mercedes want to risk upsetting a productive working relationship between their two drivers when they are getting 1-2 in the WDC each season? I get that fans might like to see Max and Lewis in the same car but it makes no sense from a Mercedes perspective.
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18/12/2020 14:48:56 33 3
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Brilliant, just Russell for Botas and could be the best racing for a lot of years! Would be great to see Ferrari joining in but think it’ll be a few years!
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19/12/2020 09:23:19 3 0
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Agree, Mercedes have dropped a bollock by keeping Bottas over Russell IMO
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18/12/2020 14:40:38 212 5
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I like Albon but this is the right decision, Perez has driven brilliantly this year, I hope the pressure doesn't get to him against Max, they wil take a lot of points from the Mercedes boys now, a closer championship can only be a good thing!!!
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18/12/2020 14:49:11 52 6
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It depends how competitive his mindset is, if he's for the team then Red Bull will benefit massively, if he's out to challenge Max then it could be a less effective signing.

Judging from the outside I think he's a team player?
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18/12/2020 16:10:46 12 0
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Of course he's there for the team. he's proved that already with Racing Point.
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18/12/2020 16:59:47 3 7
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I think he will not play second fiddle. RB taking out RB in races to come.
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18/12/2020 17:02:51 2 3
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Perez and Ocon... he didn’t take too kindly to equal competition.
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18/12/2020 17:32:56 3 4
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He often had coming togethers with Ocon when they were together, and ignored team orders when Ocon was faster, which cost them some points at one stage. Will be interesting to see how he behaves with Max at RB.
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18/12/2020 19:33:27 2 0
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There were collisions between Ocon and Perez at Racing Point when they went wheel to wheel so the jury may still be out on that,
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18/12/2020 20:11:46 6 0
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One thing history has shown us is that the principal Red Bull driver aint a team player!
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18/12/2020 14:44:05 9 1
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Great news. He's probably the best driver after Hamilton and Verstappen.
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18/12/2020 14:49:20 14 4
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Him or Leclerc. What Leclerc has managed to get out of the Ferrari this year compared to Vettel shows what a talented driver he is.
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18/12/2020 15:38:31 4 0
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Didn't really help that Ferrari sacked Vettel before the start of the season - how to demotivate someone! They have a habit of taking a multiple WDC and somehow failing them... For sure Vettel made mistakes, but dealing with him as Ferrari did was just appalling. I suspect Vettel in the Aston Martin will get his mojo back.
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18/12/2020 14:44:44 10 2
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One has to feel for Alex, but this is great news for F1 fans. Inadvertently, the Stroll's are proving to be quite beneficial.

On another note we often message about HAM, VES, STRL etc, but no one ever mentions Giovanazzi. He is the most under the radar - rubbish - F1 driver on the grid.
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18/12/2020 14:50:01 9 1
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He beat RAI in quali (9-8) and had the same number of points as him, so I'm not sure how you justify that statement.
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18/12/2020 15:29:33 1 0
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I´m with The Knowledge. I can´t remember seeing any flicker of talent from Giovanazzi in his F1 years. That Alfa Romeo/Sauber keep their two drivers into 2021 shows massive lack of ambition. Back of the grid next year, though would anyone notice?
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18/12/2020 14:51:28 14 1
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Did Red Bull have much choice. They are a commercial business and this move will get them popularity and publicity (and he costs next to nothing and the team might actually move forward)
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18/12/2020 14:51:35 0 23
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Only Hamilton and maybe LeClerc have the talent to adapt to the jet fighter like unstable drive-ability of the Red Bull. I just do not see Perez being able to adapt, he is a steady eddie driver and will be yet another failure and no help to Red Bull having two cars challenging Mercedes.
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18/12/2020 15:04:16 9 0
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Really, that's nice. Especially given that you're clearly Lead Vehicle Dynamicist at Red Bull. Be sure to pay attention to this guy folks. He's an authority.
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18/12/2020 14:40:40 146 5
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YES SERGIO!!! Well deserved. Can't wait to see how him and Max work together
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18/12/2020 14:52:44 134 19
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Work together? Max ? Together? Sergio has raced everyone and most of all Lance. Max is selfish and has evidenced, I think some point there’ll be a red bull taking out a red bull
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18/12/2020 15:02:32 23 0
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Perez has been employed to be up there with Verstappen taking big points should the Mercedes under perform or have race issues. THis is what he has been employed to do. Albon was employed to do the same, but wasn't up to it.
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18/12/2020 15:35:39 7 2
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Not for the first time either. Vettel / Webber and Verstappen / Ricciardo
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18/12/2020 17:00:47 4 21
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Max is not selfish at all, he is just working hard in a poor team trying to become a world champion.
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18/12/2020 20:46:56 0 0
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I do hope so!
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19/12/2020 07:52:55 0 0
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I think Perez is going into this accepting he is number 2 driver. He’s already said he’d do anything to join the team (pay-cut, move where he’s based), I’m sure that would include letting Max past during races.

Perez just has to be patient and wait for his Rosberg moment
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18/12/2020 14:53:30 6 16
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The farce is finally over, they made this decision months ago and kept it quiet to prevent Albon performing even worse.

All this garbage talk about wanting to stick with Albon was just another Horner lie.
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18/12/2020 14:57:32 13 1
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Yeah. Must be a lie. That'll be why they kept Albon on as their reserve and test driver.
The internet: where halfwits who have convinced themselves that they 'know', can espouse their opinions to the world, dressed up as 'facts'. Removed
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18/12/2020 14:38:22 365 6
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Tough for Albon but in reality probably the right choice for the team's chances next year.
Also it would have been criminal had Perez not been racing in 2021...
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18/12/2020 14:53:49 41 100
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What if were all wrong? And max is just overperforming in that car.
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18/12/2020 15:32:27 23 24
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Then MV will wipe the floor with him like he's done with everyone except DR.
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18/12/2020 15:35:27 9 17
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Obvious he is.... Equal with Lewis
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18/12/2020 15:47:25 52 11
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Don't believe the hype from Horner. Max self destructs to often to win a world championship. He's good, but you need to more than just a good driver.
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18/12/2020 15:57:05 14 18
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Max is over-performing in that car, massively so; his car conceded on average a second per lap to Mercedes and he still nearly took 2nd!!!

However the Red Bull was still a clear 2nd best (even with Honda engines) in 2020 and 5th was really the minimum Albon could have gotten away with considering Perez's miracles in the 2nd half of the season. Perez won't beat Max, but he'll keep him on his toes.
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18/12/2020 15:58:44 15 1
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We are going to find out then!
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18/12/2020 16:55:42 0 2
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A very real possibility.........we all know how fast (and how crazy) MadMax is!
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18/12/2020 17:11:48 3 2
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That's exactly what I have been thinking all year, just like nobody could get near Schumacher in the Benetton.
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18/12/2020 17:20:22 12 7
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It is not possible to out perform the car. I wish people would just stop using that phrase. A car as a finite performance, all a driver can do is find that limit.
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18/12/2020 17:41:01 4 15
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Max has indeed over performed in the car, he's the best & quickest driver on the grid now, in equal equipment he beats Hamilton all day long. The problem for Albon was that he under performed, a good driver adapts to his car and red Bull were by far the second quickest car on the grid. Albon should have finished 4th at worse....I'm surprised Red Bull have left him without a seat, but right call
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18/12/2020 19:27:53 1 1
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I think Max is driving the wheels off the car, but the point next season could be that Max will outqualify Sergio on Saturdays, but Sergio is one the best at tyre management which could close the gap on Sunday.
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18/12/2020 23:54:21 1 1
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I think that's spot on. Verstappen is over performing in that car while Racing Point was the 2and best car with two bang-average drivers.
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19/12/2020 09:16:03 0 0
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Bit isn’t it “all the car”?
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19/12/2020 20:20:46 0 0
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He very well might be, but that's F1. It requires the best, not the mediocre...
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18/12/2020 14:40:40 146 5
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YES SERGIO!!! Well deserved. Can't wait to see how him and Max work together
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18/12/2020 14:54:38 16 17
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The farce is finally over, they made this decision months ago and kept it quiet to prevent a demotivated Albon performing even worse than he has been.

All this garbage talk about wanting to stick with Albon was just another Horner lie.
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19/12/2020 00:38:06 4 0
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He certainly speaks with firked tongue.
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18/12/2020 14:55:40 107 4
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Well, good common sense seems to have prevailed. I doubt RB would have normally gone down the Perez route, but they simply run themselves out of 'in house' options. I'm pleased for Perez, and even if it may only just be for 2021 it will at least give us the chance to see quite how well he has matured as a driver in a decent seat. You can't say RB didn't give Albon enough time to prove himself.
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18/12/2020 15:26:51 36 89
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Is this really what the modern F1 fan has come to? Albon has had a season and a half in which he was catterpulted into Red Bull without much warning and expected to match Max in a car designed for Max.

Absolutely shocking treatment. I was a huge Mika Hakkinen fan. It took a while for him to get to grips, and started of very similar to Albon. But boy were Mclaren rewarded with a little PATIENCE.
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19/12/2020 09:01:10 0 0
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They didn't give Gasly nearly enough time, and that's why they're in the mess they are. You can't have an extensive driver program if you're not going to exploit it and develop drivers by swapping them around every other year.
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18/12/2020 14:56:07 14 2
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Great news. His reputation took a long time to recover from a disastrous year at McLaren, not of his own making. Mercedes - you should be seriously worried.
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18/12/2020 14:53:30 6 16
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The farce is finally over, they made this decision months ago and kept it quiet to prevent Albon performing even worse.

All this garbage talk about wanting to stick with Albon was just another Horner lie.
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18/12/2020 14:57:32 13 1
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Yeah. Must be a lie. That'll be why they kept Albon on as their reserve and test driver.
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18/12/2020 14:57:39 4 1
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yes yes yes!
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18/12/2020 14:58:22 11 1
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It's about time! A great opportunity for Checo but still a shame for Albon. Let's hope he can give Max a challenge!
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18/12/2020 14:58:33 8 6
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Congrats to Perez, well deserved. Vettel to Racing Point, worst mistake by a competitive team ever!!!
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18/12/2020 14:58:40 12 2
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Well deserved. Congrats to Perez.
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18/12/2020 14:58:45 14 0
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Great decision !! His competitiveness in the Red Bull team could not only push Verstappen but also test the man-management skills of Christian Horner .
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18/12/2020 14:59:11 43 2
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Could set up an interesting new season. With Red Bull finally fielding two competitive cars, the arrival of Mercedes powered McLarens and Ferrari seemingly on the way back with new engines incoming, It'll be interesting to see the fight behind Mercedes heat up.
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18/12/2020 17:00:52 14 2
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Ferrari's new engine is as yet an unknown quantity. It might easily be as slow as this year's if they haven't nicked Mercedes' drawings.
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18/12/2020 17:17:09 4 1
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I wonder if Ferrari's new engines will be legal this time?
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18/12/2020 20:32:57 1 0
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I think Ferrari have said they couldn't field a competitive car until 2022
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18/12/2020 14:47:22 0 14
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Who writes this stuff. Aston Martin Red Bull? Aston Martin will be Racing Point surely?
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18/12/2020 14:59:23 11 0
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The official name for Red Bull this year is Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.......as this article is written still in 2020, I suspect 'who writes this stuff' is correct.
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JW
18/12/2020 14:59:46 66 1
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Brilliant news, so glad for Perez. With the increased likelihood of Russell heading to Mercedes alongside Lewis in 2022, we just need Ferrari and hopefully McLaren to get their acts together over the next year and we could potentially be in for an amazing era of racing from 2022 onwards.
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18/12/2020 16:35:31 36 8
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Honestly don't be surprised if Russell replaces Lewis in 2022, if Lewis wins next season.
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18/12/2020 20:07:05 1 1
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Also, don't forget that RB are losing their Honda engines in 2022. Assuming that Mercedes keep their edge in the era of new rules, then the (soon to be) Aston Martin and Williams may be contenders for Red Bull's position of Best of the Rest.
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18/12/2020 21:44:28 1 4
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I think next year will be Hamilton's last. Nothing left to prove, and wanting to do different things in his life. Mercedes will have a completely different driver lineup for 2022.
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19/12/2020 09:02:35 0 0
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Somehow I doubt that
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19/12/2020 23:18:21 0 0
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Amazing how much of a fan base Perez has. Well deserved to be honest from all his own hard work, nothing handed on a plate.
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18/12/2020 14:38:22 365 6
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Tough for Albon but in reality probably the right choice for the team's chances next year.
Also it would have been criminal had Perez not been racing in 2021...
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18/12/2020 15:00:00 16 58
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Waste of money signing him, my nan could do the same job. Its all the car remember.
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18/12/2020 15:33:27 17 10
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This is different, we're talking about someone other than LH...think that's how it goes anyway.
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18/12/2020 18:45:10 1 1
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Clueless comment...you have no idea
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19/12/2020 17:23:03 0 0
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What a clown you really are. Does someone write the crap you spout for you, or is it all your own work?
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19/12/2020 21:03:57 0 0
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I've met your Nan, she sure could. Nice lady, but a little hot under the collar.
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18/12/2020 15:00:00 8 0
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red bull sales of drinks increase in Mexico upon this announcment
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18/12/2020 15:00:13 5 0
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Perez and another firey driver is always fun. Fistycuffs guaranteed by the 3rd race.
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18/12/2020 14:46:01 12 1
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Sorry Albon but you're just not good enough.

Will be interesting to see the difference in speed between Max and Sergio.

Mercedes might regret sticking with Bottas as the No 2.
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18/12/2020 15:00:31 11 0
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As long as they wrap up both WDC and Constructors I suspect who is alongside Lewis is a secondary concern. What they perhaps don’t want is some new driver wanting to prove themselves and committing the biggest no-no and taking their team mate out the race. Bearing in mind Lewis’ 347 points was enough to have won the constructors outright.
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18/12/2020 15:00:56 6 0
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Right choice!
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cj
18/12/2020 14:42:44 112 2
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It’s going to spice things up. MV will be pushed and it will make Merc work harder
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18/12/2020 15:01:45 26 46
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How can that be true if its all the car? can we make our minds up please.
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18/12/2020 15:32:01 18 45
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In the Mercedes team it IS all the car. Hamilton out for a race, George Russell parachuted in and duly proceeds to waltz away for a maiden win - a win! in his first outing in Lewis's car! - until mercedes scored an own goal in the pits.

Mercedes hamstring their second driver, as they don't want a repeat of the toxic Lewis/Nico years. Do you not watch the sport?
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18/12/2020 18:08:21 0 4
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Yawn yawn yawn is is 4 or 5 times you’ve posted this? who’s upset you? what you trying to prove? please dont keep crying and do try and move on ??
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18/12/2020 19:57:54 2 2
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You really must stop cut & paste the same answer, if you have a relevant point post it, otherwise go watch pointless.
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19/12/2020 02:05:11 3 0
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Sadly it appears double standards only apply to LH’s extraordinary achievements. Well, on here anyway.
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19/12/2020 09:17:26 1 0
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Unfortunately the Hamilton haters are just not consistent in their belief whether it’s the car, the driver or a combination of the two
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18/12/2020 14:52:44 134 19
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Work together? Max ? Together? Sergio has raced everyone and most of all Lance. Max is selfish and has evidenced, I think some point there’ll be a red bull taking out a red bull
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18/12/2020 15:02:32 23 0
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Perez has been employed to be up there with Verstappen taking big points should the Mercedes under perform or have race issues. THis is what he has been employed to do. Albon was employed to do the same, but wasn't up to it.
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18/12/2020 14:53:30 6 16
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The farce is finally over, they made this decision months ago and kept it quiet to prevent Albon performing even worse.

All this garbage talk about wanting to stick with Albon was just another Horner lie.
The internet: where halfwits who have convinced themselves that they 'know', can espouse their opinions to the world, dressed up as 'facts'. Removed
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18/12/2020 15:02:51 3 33
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Doesn't matter who's in an F1 car as all the driver does is steer and brake, everything else is controlled from the pits and those with the biggest budget win = boring cars just following each other
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Baz
18/12/2020 15:12:11 8 2
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So by your logic the teams must be stupid paying one driver more than another as any driver could do the job
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18/12/2020 15:28:00 2 2
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So all the driver does is... drive the car? They tried them doing the pits too as well but it took longer than 2 seconds and strategic decision making with all the data but the screens blocked the view.

What an inanely stupid comment from someone who clearly doesn’t understand how team sports work!!

Great news for Perez, superb driver never given the break he deserved.
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18/12/2020 15:03:07 3 5
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Gutted for Alex. He’s a great guy and a huge talent. The RBR car is “not saddled” and talented drivers struggle to adapt (Gasly too). Max is mega at driving bare back, few can. Not sure Checo is able to; his skill is consistency and preserving tires. Hope Alex gets another chance.
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18/12/2020 15:07:21 9 1
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bare back has a different meaning where I come from
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18/12/2020 14:51:35 0 23
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Only Hamilton and maybe LeClerc have the talent to adapt to the jet fighter like unstable drive-ability of the Red Bull. I just do not see Perez being able to adapt, he is a steady eddie driver and will be yet another failure and no help to Red Bull having two cars challenging Mercedes.
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18/12/2020 15:04:16 9 0
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Really, that's nice. Especially given that you're clearly Lead Vehicle Dynamicist at Red Bull. Be sure to pay attention to this guy folks. He's an authority.
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18/12/2020 14:47:22 0 14
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Who writes this stuff. Aston Martin Red Bull? Aston Martin will be Racing Point surely?
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18/12/2020 15:05:49 0 0
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Aston Martin have been sponsoring Red Bull for a long time now, long before the investment in Racing Point.
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18/12/2020 15:05:57 14 0
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Very much looking forward to 2021. The Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren line ups are vey strong and if they can provide challenging cars to their 6 drivers, along with the Mercedes....Bring it on!
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18/12/2020 15:31:13 1 0
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Thats going to be the issue ... providing the cars to consistently compete and beat the merc. Sadly I think that it msy not the case .... maybe in 2022
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UBT
18/12/2020 15:37:19 1 0
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The cars in 2021 will be little different to those from this year - so, it'll still be the Mercs and RBs at the front and maybe McClarens/Renaults/Pink Mercs as second string. The major change that'll affect every team will be the 2022 designs which will be based on the new rules and regs. And then it's anyones guess as to who will do well.
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19/12/2020 11:28:53 0 0
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Me too Red!
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Jam
18/12/2020 15:06:11 18 0
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Good move. Now let's see how good Verstappen is compared to an experienced, solid driver.
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19/12/2020 11:27:57 0 0
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Jam.
He was compared to an experienced driver in Danny R, they were a lot closer than when he was pitched against Albon and Gasly. I expect to see the same again with Checo, who can keep his head and drives clever. I would expect to see him finish in front of Max on a few occasions, but overall for Max to score more over the season.
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19/12/2020 11:57:30 0 0
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Like Ricciardo
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18/12/2020 14:45:22 87 4
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I like Albon and was routing for him this year. Unfortunately it didn't happen for him this year. Perez deserves his chance in a decent car.
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18/12/2020 15:06:22 92 17
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I did quite a bit of routing in my shed this year....made a lovely table I did.
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18/12/2020 15:42:38 3 11
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You mean routering, with a router.
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18/12/2020 15:50:36 6 1
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Routing your table. It must be really ornate, well done. Would love to see it.
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18/12/2020 16:32:49 1 1
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Taxi!
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18/12/2020 16:37:36 7 1
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I did quite a bit of rooting in my greenhouse this year.... got some lovely cuttings going.
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18/12/2020 20:01:31 1 0
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Subtle bit of spelling correction.
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mjp
18/12/2020 22:24:29 2 0
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I hope you did dovetail joints. Far stronger than lap joints...
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19/12/2020 09:18:50 0 0
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I did some routing on my home network too
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18/12/2020 15:07:11 4 2
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Speaking for many when i say this is a good move
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18/12/2020 15:03:07 3 5
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Gutted for Alex. He’s a great guy and a huge talent. The RBR car is “not saddled” and talented drivers struggle to adapt (Gasly too). Max is mega at driving bare back, few can. Not sure Checo is able to; his skill is consistency and preserving tires. Hope Alex gets another chance.
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18/12/2020 15:07:21 9 1
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bare back has a different meaning where I come from
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18/12/2020 15:08:19 3 1
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Perez deserved it. I am sure that Albon will have his time in the future, but this year just did not seem the right time for him.
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18/12/2020 15:08:26 10 0
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As we keep getting told, F1 is the summit of motorsport so anything that moves towards having the best drivers is welcome. Of course Perez comes with the backing of some serious Mexican wealth but he has at least performed consistently in a midfield car. How he copes with the apparently difficult to drive RB (and Max) will be interesting.
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18/12/2020 20:48:50 2 0
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Is it difficult to drive or just built for Max? Gasly and Albon were so far off, that one has to wonder - MV is good, but Gasly clearly isn't THAT bad. If Perez can't regularly get within 3 tenths in qualifying, I think RBR have a much bigger problem than who they stick in the second car
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18/12/2020 15:08:55 12 1
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No brainer really, if Red Bull are ever going to challenge for the title then they need somebody to be up there racing at the front with Max
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18/12/2020 15:09:55 8 1
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Feel it’s the right call, Checo deserves this seat after the year he has had. I’m sad for Alex as he’s a great guy and no one has found it easy with Max as a team mate. I’d have like to have seen him afforded the same opportunity as Kyvat & Gasly with an AT seat, but at least he’s the reserve driver so not completely off the scene yet.
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18/12/2020 15:11:22 14 1
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Perez in a Red Bull - there is justice. He must be thanking his lucky stars that his father isn't a billionaire!
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SDR
18/12/2020 15:50:08 7 0
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Who needs a billionaire dad if you have a billionaire benefactor in Carlos Slim
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18/12/2020 15:11:44 0 0
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??
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18/12/2020 15:02:51 3 33
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Doesn't matter who's in an F1 car as all the driver does is steer and brake, everything else is controlled from the pits and those with the biggest budget win = boring cars just following each other
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Baz
18/12/2020 15:12:11 8 2
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So by your logic the teams must be stupid paying one driver more than another as any driver could do the job
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18/12/2020 18:37:38 1 0
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Yep put anyone on the Merc and they will win
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19/12/2020 11:53:46 0 0
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Yes they are stupid as it is not "their" money
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18/12/2020 15:14:15 17 0
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Sensible from Red Bull, however hope they give him the same attention they give to Verstappen as he is just as good!
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18/12/2020 15:16:25 14 1
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Let's just hope that Red Bull don't make this a one-man team, and provide good competition with the two drivers. Sergio Perez is probably the most underrated driver in Formula 1, and delighted that he now has a seat in one of the more elite cars.
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18/12/2020 15:07:11 4 2
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Speaking for many when i say this is a good move
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Jim
18/12/2020 15:17:48 3 6
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Goes to show you don't need a billionaire father, just a billionaire backer called Carlos Slim to buy your seat for you. Inspiration to us all ??
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18/12/2020 15:29:37 3 1
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Michael Schumacher paid Eddie Jordan to race at Spa in 1991.

The pay driver argument only works if the driver is not good.
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MDW
18/12/2020 15:17:52 7 0
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Little bit sad for Albon but he has struggled all season. It's a well-deserved opportunity for Perez and the right choice for Red Bull.
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18/12/2020 15:18:07 9 0
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Delighted for Perez. He´ll deliver what is required if the engine is competitive. Interesting contrast to Verstappen as well.
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18/12/2020 15:18:10 9 0
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Looked like he was moving down and out when Vettel signed for Aston Martin. Instead he is moving up.

He has got the unwanted most races without a win off his back already. I think he will now win a few more. For me, you need talent to survive 10 years in F1, not many do.

Was a little upset for GR not getting that win, but delighted it was Perez instead.
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19/12/2020 09:28:03 1 0
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True, Russell will get another shot but it was Checo’s last throw of the dice, and paid off
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18/12/2020 15:02:51 3 33
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Doesn't matter who's in an F1 car as all the driver does is steer and brake, everything else is controlled from the pits and those with the biggest budget win = boring cars just following each other
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18/12/2020 15:18:42 8 1
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Last year's Red Bull car wanted to kill you. It was just so twitchy. Especially at the start of the season. They finally seemed to get it under control a bit at the end, but with the new aero rules coming in that look to hurt the short, high rake RB car particularly hard, it could easily be a monster again next season. It ate all of Alex's confidance. I look forward to Checo taking a swing at it.
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18/12/2020 15:26:00 0 5
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Senna would have won the World Title in that Red Bull me thinks, Alex Albon a lovely guy and talented.
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18/12/2020 15:18:49 1 1
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Well deserved. Red Bull have made the right move. With two good drivers in RB, and McLaren being Merc powered next year with Danny Ric and Lando, plus Sainz in a Ferrari alongside Leclerc, things could get interesting. Not sure how Aston Martin will fare - one journeyman and one fading star....
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18/12/2020 15:20:13 3 2
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Great news for F1 fans as hopefully Max & Checa will be able threaten Mercedes domination more convincingly, would be perfect news if Russell replaced VB.
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18/12/2020 15:22:20 0 1
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Deserved
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18/12/2020 15:22:33 7 1
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I think this is a justified move and well-deserved. Albon had plenty of time given to him, more so than Gasly was given, so he cant complain. Going to be interesting next season to see if Checo can give Verstappen a challenge
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18/12/2020 14:46:59 20 1
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Thoroughly deserved! Well done Checo and Redbull, brilliant decision by Redbull who have finally realised they need 2 quality drivers in order to challenge Mercedes. Racing point dropping Checo for Vettel was a travesty.
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18/12/2020 15:24:52 3 4
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Much as I like and rate Perez, so approve this move, Vettel will take a lot to Racing Point. He´s had over 10 years of driving for big teams and championships. Check out what Ferrari say about his qualities.
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18/12/2020 20:21:35 0 0
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Vettel is fine but fragile; if the other driver in the team is as good or better, he collapses. Happened at RB, has happened at Ferrari.
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18/12/2020 15:25:14 2 1
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Could be what red bull need. If he can get to q3 on the harder tyre could go very long on the first stints and be within the pit window of the Mercedes cars would cause problems.
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18/12/2020 15:50:15 0 0
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Not sure he joined to sacrifice his chances just to help Max win.
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18/12/2020 15:25:20 2 2
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A decision which appears to be based on skill and ability unlike a lot of pay for drive seats in F1
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18/12/2020 15:28:05 0 1
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Don't underestimate the money Checo will bring being the only Mexican driver. Great to see him in F1 next year.
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18/12/2020 15:25:33 4 0
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Good, he deserves to be in F1 and it'll be interesting to see how he compares to MV, particularly over a race distance.
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18/12/2020 15:54:00 1 0
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Max is faster, but Perez more sensible. Max will continue to make stupid mistakes and take risks which ultimately lose points. You need to be more than just a good driver.
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18/12/2020 15:25:52 1 2
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Red Bull have a genuinely competitive and talented line up for 2021 - and two drivers capable of challenging Mercedes' one driver. If only Mercedes would have the balls to do the same, rather than a journeyman second driver - with any luck, it will be their undoing next season. Just need Red Bull to get a grip on that nervous car and for Honda to knock it out of the park in their (final?) year.
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18/12/2020 15:52:18 1 0
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Erm, constructors and 1st and 2nd in the drivers championship. I don't think their decision making is too bad.......
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18/12/2020 15:18:42 8 1
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Last year's Red Bull car wanted to kill you. It was just so twitchy. Especially at the start of the season. They finally seemed to get it under control a bit at the end, but with the new aero rules coming in that look to hurt the short, high rake RB car particularly hard, it could easily be a monster again next season. It ate all of Alex's confidance. I look forward to Checo taking a swing at it.
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18/12/2020 15:26:00 0 5
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Senna would have won the World Title in that Red Bull me thinks, Alex Albon a lovely guy and talented.
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18/12/2020 15:36:15 2 0
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To be accurate, Senna was killed overdriving a twitchy car which wasn´t sorted until later in the season.
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18/12/2020 14:55:40 107 4
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Well, good common sense seems to have prevailed. I doubt RB would have normally gone down the Perez route, but they simply run themselves out of 'in house' options. I'm pleased for Perez, and even if it may only just be for 2021 it will at least give us the chance to see quite how well he has matured as a driver in a decent seat. You can't say RB didn't give Albon enough time to prove himself.
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18/12/2020 15:26:51 36 89
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Is this really what the modern F1 fan has come to? Albon has had a season and a half in which he was catterpulted into Red Bull without much warning and expected to match Max in a car designed for Max.

Absolutely shocking treatment. I was a huge Mika Hakkinen fan. It took a while for him to get to grips, and started of very similar to Albon. But boy were Mclaren rewarded with a little PATIENCE.
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18/12/2020 15:32:47 42 1
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How did Max get on when he was fast tracked and catupulted into a car not solely designed for him? Or Alonso when they stuck him in the minardi, or Vettell when they stuck him in the Toro Rosso? You've either got it pretty quickly or you haven't. F1 isn't a proving ground creche to show you have talent....you're expected to have that out the way on the way up to F1
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18/12/2020 15:35:26 2 12
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plus 1, I’d upvote you higher if it would let me
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Mag
18/12/2020 15:41:45 4 4
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That's true. People wax lyrical about Hakkinen, forgetting that it took awhile for him to find success (the right team/car at the right time) in F1. We need a *lot* more teams and cars in F1. Maybe do something about the talent bottleneck, and have somewhere for all these champions from the lower formulas to go and have time to improve show what they can do.
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18/12/2020 16:34:45 9 0
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Albon had twice as long to prove himself as Gasly did, before being demoted...surprised he's lasted that long considering the shark tank F1 is!
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18/12/2020 16:41:50 6 0
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In a car designed around Verstappen?
This years car and the previous years car were notoriously difficult to drive, but Verstappen adapted to it. Gasly and Albon haven't and even struggled.

It's on the driver to make the most of what they have and Verstappen has made the most of it. If Perez can gel with the car well enough with all the experience he has, there is every hope of improvement in RB.
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18/12/2020 17:04:27 1 5
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No, you are mistaken.......each race car is designed, built and fine-tuned for each driver. They can't just jump into the 2nd car and expect it to fit like a glove. That is why Russell had such difficulty in a car designed for Hamilton, height ect.........Albon's car was for him, not Mad!
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Bob
18/12/2020 17:29:48 1 1
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And tall George Russell was catapulted into a car designed for short Lewis Hamilton and after just two days would gave won the grand prix if Mercedes hadn't screwed up BIG time. Yes, 18 months was way too short a time for Albon . . . . . NOT.
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19/12/2020 12:58:40 2 0
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Red Bull doesn't do patience.
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19/12/2020 13:35:09 1 0
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Horner and Red Bull have no patience- all they want to do is win. It has failed so far promoting drivers from their sister team, that they have had to go outside to find a driver.. feeling sorry for Alex.
Max will now have to try and win not just against Hamilton but also his new team mate Perez, looks like Max will be under a lot of pressure and when that happens he gets careless.
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18/12/2020 15:26:51 13 2
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Given Verstappen's character, a decent 2nd driver is going to be detremental to his hopes of winning the F1 world Championship. More toys out of the pram anticipated in 2021.
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18/12/2020 15:26:52 2 1
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And rightly so. One of the most improved drivers on the grid who rarely makes mistakes. Too good to leave F1
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18/12/2020 15:33:01 1 0
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You've said exactly what I was going to.
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18/12/2020 15:02:51 3 33
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Doesn't matter who's in an F1 car as all the driver does is steer and brake, everything else is controlled from the pits and those with the biggest budget win = boring cars just following each other
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18/12/2020 15:28:00 2 2
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So all the driver does is... drive the car? They tried them doing the pits too as well but it took longer than 2 seconds and strategic decision making with all the data but the screens blocked the view.

What an inanely stupid comment from someone who clearly doesn’t understand how team sports work!!

Great news for Perez, superb driver never given the break he deserved.
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18/12/2020 18:39:32 1 0
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Nope it's just bog boys with loads of money playstaion racing, no action, no overtaking, won or lost in the pits - been boring for years