One of the most important puzzles of the 2021 pilot market was restored this week: it was decided that Sergio Perez would be replaced by Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin.
Perez told the world on Wednesday that at the end of the year he would part ways from a stable still running this year called Racing Point. He also said he only learned on Wednesday that he had to look for a new job, but this is contradicted by a statement from team boss Otmar Szafnauer that the Mexican knew exactly what was going on in the background.
It seems to be from one source or another, but Perez must have known he had to leave. RaceFans also heard from two different, unrelated sources that he “interrogated” the management of Racing Point in Monza, Mexico, and learned that Sebastian Vettel would replace him next year. He really didn’t have to listen: supposedly in the team’s motorhome, Perez heard smoothly through the thin walls as team owner Lawrence Stroll in the adjoining room instructed the barn’s legal counsel to prepare the documents needed to contract Vettel.
Stroll also allegedly outlined the content of the contract, which upon hearing Perez knew he could not compete with the Germans: no matter how much money he brought through his sponsors, the four-time world champion would pay for a fraction of it.