Helmut Marko during the long summer break it was quite clear: the announcement of the new Red Bull line-up for 2022 would arrive in one of the first two races of the second half of the season, in Spa or Zandvoort. Given the contract already signed by Max Verstappen until the end of the 2023 championship, the focus was all on the ‘owner’ of the second seat of the Austrian team, the Mexican Sergio Perez. The words of the Austrian executive had clearly indicated how Checo was very close to renewal, but in recent years Milton Keynes has not lacked even sensational reversals.
Now, however, it is a clue published on social networks by Perez himself who, combined with the words spoken by the eminence gray of the bulls, seems to block the presence of the native of Guadalajara on the grid at the wheel of a Red Bull also in 2022. The 31-year-old former standard bearer of the Racing Point in fact posted on Twitter a cryptic message with two eyes wide open and a stopwatch. The ‘translation’ could be that of a upcoming renewal announcement contract, probably already in Belgium. Perez in the first 11 races with the new team obtained a victory and a third place, alternating good performances in the race with a few too many empty passes in qualifying.
– Sergio Pérez (@SChecoPerez) August 27, 2021
If confirmation really comes, Perez would be Max Verstappen’s first teammate to start two consecutive seasons by his side since Daniel Ricciardo in the two-year period 2017-2018. A rather significant fact of the instability experienced in the last few years by the vice world champion team, which is now aiming to finally dethrone Mercedes.