Last weekend, he flew up – as speculation without any specific grounds – that Sergio Perez, who was forced to leave Racing Point due to Sebastian Vettel’s arrival, will be looking for a place at Williams for 2021, with the excavation of next year’s Mercedes-raised George Russell.
Although the theory has not been confirmed in recent days, stakeholders were asked about it on Thursday’s press day of the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix.
Perez did not want to say anything about future developments:
“I haven’t signed anything yet,” the Mexican said, adding that he hoped he could announce something soon.
The 30-year-old driver doesn’t have many F1 chances, in addition to the Williams already mentioned, maybe Haas may have a more realistic chance if he’s not called to Red Bull. Perez stressed that he would not say yes to anything:
“I don’t want to talk about my contract negotiations, they are confidential. But if I qualify for another team, it has to be an attractive project, otherwise I won’t go there. ”
As for Russell, the English talent has highlighted that he has a valid contract with Williams for next year as well – let’s add, Perez said the same in the summer until the contract was terminated for Vettel’s sake.
“I have a contract for next year. The arrival of the new owners has not changed my contract situation at all, ”he referred to Dorilton Capital, who had recently acquired the patinated unit.
“I haven’t talked to them yet because I didn’t even have any doubts. But they’ll be here this weekend, they’ll definitely make things clear, and I’m not worried I’ll be on the grid next year with Williams. ”
“Guesses are always there, of course, the media likes to create stories. Understandably, there is speculation as many good racers are struggling to be on the grid, Perez, now also the chaotic guys, Hülkenberg. But unfortunately, not everyone who deserves a place in Formula 1 will have a place. ”
Russell added that if things did turn out, he would talk to Mercedes, but reiterated that he was not afraid of his meeting, especially since he was seeing a strengthening of his position with the arrival of new owners, as the team did not is forced to certify a paid competitor.