Pink Bull additionally formally introduced on Friday that in 2021, alongside Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez will strengthen the Milton Keynes formation. The choice additionally made positive that Alexander Albon, who has been driving subsequent to the Netherlands for the previous 12 months and a half, might be left and not using a seat subsequent season.
The Thai-British competitor expressed his emotions on the social media concerning the resolution of the vitality drinkers. “I can’t lie guys, it hurts. I gave it my all, however it wasn’t sufficient, ”Albon wrote.
“I want to say an enormous thanks to everybody who supported me this 12 months, particularly my Thai followers. Regardless of the completely different opinions, you’ve got at all times been there and pushed by means of every thing. I can’t quit: I’ve sacrificed my life for this and won’t let it finish right here. I do know greater than that and my purpose is to return in 2022 and symbolize the Thai flag once more. ”
After 12 races, Albon might take the place of demoted Pierre Gasly within the Pink Bull. He reached two podium finishes in a single and a half seasons, each this 12 months, and his efficiency lagged considerably behind Verstappene.
So Perez comes with a precedent like that, however for a very long time, along with him, Racing Level deputy Nico Hülkenberg additionally had an opportunity to sit down – not less than based on the press. On this regard, Pink Bull crew boss Christian Horner poured clear water into the glass.
“We had a quick dialogue with him, however occasions accelerated within the final month, there have been loopy circumstances, proper? Nico Hülkenberg can be a racer who would have a spot in F1, however we had been fortunate as a result of Perez didn’t have a seat. It gave us time and he had no different possibility. Alex and I completed the season earlier than we determined, ”mentioned the British specialist.
Pink Bull thus broke a collection that has been happening since 2007: since then, solely self-reared pilots have been employed, the final non-purely energy-drinking pilot was Mark Webber. Nonetheless, Horner mentioned they had been pressured to make that call. “There was no appropriate candidate within the junior program who would have been appropriate. It was not possible to disregard Sergio’s efficiency this 12 months. It was an amazing season, it was spectacular, particularly within the second half of the 12 months. He deserved the assembly. ”
“We wish to arise with the strongest crew to select up the combat with Mercedes, and that requires each automobiles. Sergio has the correct amount of expertise, they are going to be good teammates with Max subsequent 12 months, ”Horner appeared forward.