Red Bull chief Christian Horner believes they were ‘brave’ in stepping away from their youth programme when they appointed Sergio Perez alongside Max Verstappen for the 2021, who already had 191 race starts to his name.
Perez, who lost his seat to Sebastian Vettel at Racing Point [Aston Martin], was picked up by Red Bull at the end of last season, in a unique move from the team, who have tended to promote drivers up from their youth academy in the past.
It meant that now-reserve driver Alex Albon was moved aside for the Mexican, who became one of the most experienced driver signings in Red Bull’s history.
Although Perez took a little more time adjusting to the Red Bull team, bosses have been impressed with his role alongside Max Verstappen, who is currently fighting with Lewis Hamilton to win the team’s first title since 2013.
However, there is some speculation Perez might lose his seat to Pierre Gasly, who is currently impressing at Red Bull’s junior team AlphaTauri, but Horner believes there’s no need to change things up, especially as it seems to be working well in its current form.
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