Sergio Perez (Checo) and Fernando Alonso have inked new 2022 deals with Red Bull Racing and Alpine respectively. Maybe no big surprise about Alonso as a 2-time world champ but there were some questions about Red Bull’s second seat.
Sergio has done a good job of replacing Alex Albon and clawing his way forward but the second seat to Max Verstappen was always going to be a tall order for any driver, including a veteran like Sergio.
Despite that, Red Bull have been happy with his performance and with regulation changes coming, having two seasoned veterans int eh car will be a big asset for 2022.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner said:
“Checo is a highly respected Team member and his experience and race-craft are invaluable as we fight for the Constructors’ Championship,” Horner said. “His integration into the wider team has been seamless and we have been impressed by his performances during the first half of the season which demonstrate what he’s capable of in our car.
“Next year we move into a new era of Formula One with completely revised regulations and cars, and with over 200 races and a decade of experience under his belt, Checo will play an integral role in helping the Team navigate this transition and maximise the RB18. Our current attention is on ending the 2021 season as strongly as possible and we look forward to seeing Checo build on a first successful season with the team.”
There is very little justification to be made about keeping a champion like Fernando Alonso after his fantastic defensive drive a few weeks ago led the team to victory. A talent like Fernando’s is a given and how he has fit back into the old team that delivered him two tiles has been a smooth operation.
Laurent Rossi, CEO, Alpine:
“We are very pleased to confirm Fernando for next season, partnering with Esteban. For us it is a perfect driver line-up, amongst the strongest on the grid. It works in a hugely complementary way, with both offering raw talent and speed, yet impeccable team spirit that delivered our first win in Hungary. Fernando has impressed us all since he returned to the sport at the beginning of this year. His dedication, teamwork and focus to extract the maximum from the team is incredible to be a part of and certainly special to witness. His performance in Hungary was another example of his racing pedigree and reminded everyone how skilled a driver he is. I am convinced we can benefit strongly from Fernando’s insight and experience as we enter the final development and optimization phase of the 2022 chassis and power unit. He is just as hungry as we are for success and is putting in every effort to translate it to performance. For now, however, we need to focus on delivering a strong second half of the year, extract the maximum at every race and ensure we finish as high up in the constructors’ standings as possible. This will put us in a golden position for next year and the significant opportunity it brings.”