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Official: Perez to leave Racing Point

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09/09/2020

Sergio Perez is to leave Racing Point at the end of the 2020 season, bringing an end to his seven-year association with the Silverstone outfit.

In those seven seasons, Perez helped the team achieve some memorable feats, including five podium finishes - most of them against the odds. Those strong results also helped the team - as Force India - achieve consecutive fourth-place finishes in the Constructors' Championship in 2016 and 2017.

"Everybody at Racing Point would like to thank Sergio for his hard work and dedication over the years, and wish him every success in the future," read the official statement.

"Checo has been part of the Silverstone family for seven years," said Otmar Szafnauer, "and in that time has become one of the most complete drivers on the grid. Blisteringly quick on Saturday and Sunday, he's established his reputation as a tenacious racer and together we have enjoyed some fantastic moments.

"If there was ever a sniff of a podium, Checo was ready to pounce, and those five podiums represent some of the finest days in the history of this team. Outside of the car, Checo is a true character and a good friend, and it's been a pleasure working with him for such a long time.

"Although we will say goodbye at the end of the year, there are still nine races to go and plenty of opportunities for Checo to make some more special memories with this team."

The Racing Point statement didn't include a comment from the Mexican, who instead took to social media.

"Everything in life always has a beginning and an end," he wrote, "and after seven years together, my time with the team will come to an end after the season.

"It hurts a bit," he admitted, "as I bet on the team during very rough times. We managed to overcome obstacles and I am very proud of saving the jobs of several of my team-mates.

"I'll keep the memories of the great moments lived together, the friendships and the satisfaction of always giving my all. I will always be grateful for the opportunity given to me by Vijay Mallya, who believed in me in 2014 and allowed me to continue my F1 career with Force India.

"To the current administration, led by Lawrence Stroll, I wish nothing but the best in the future, especially with the upcoming Aston Martin project."

The decision to drop the Mexican has distinct echoes of Racing Point's decision to drop Esteban Ocon at the end of 2018 in favour of Lance Stroll.

As is the case with Perez, there were no competitive drives on offer for Ocon, who eventually spent 2019 as reserve driver for Mercedes.

It is now expected that the team, to be known as Aston Martin from next season, will confirm Sebastian Vettel as Lance Stroll's teammate, the announcement possibly coming over the course of this weekend's Ferrari celebration at Mugello.

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1. Posted by Rock Doc, 10/09/2020 15:41

"No surprise here, it was always on the cards. Such a shame.

Perez is a solid performer and (except with Ocon) usually keeps his head in the crowd. No-one seems to be able to get as much out of the tyres as Checo. He just lacked that little extra spark.

Dropped before his time to make room for a bigger name just like the Hulk.

We all know it should have been Stroll that went but then we all know why that didn't happen."

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2. Posted by trackrecords, 10/09/2020 11:48

"Of all of the current F1 drivers Perez isn't top of my list to dump (clear out Hass and Alfa first), as he does get results, and my fear is like Kimi, he's just treading water. It's interesting that, as Ted Kravitz revealed, the Jewish Stroll is turning to a German..."

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3. Posted by *TestaRossa*, 10/09/2020 10:46

"This reminds me of Williams -Mansel and Williams -Hill"

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4. Posted by GordonG47, 10/09/2020 9:38

"Trading a worker for a whiner. Not good..."

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5. Posted by Lapps, 10/09/2020 7:14

"A very sad decision. Perez gave so much to that team, both as a driver and a source of inspiration. I also doubt if (the current) Vettel will produce better results on a consistent basis. But of course Vettel is a better ‘brand’, for those who don’t follow F1 that closely, so a better fit for Aston Martin.
Sad!"

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6. Posted by TokyoAussie, 10/09/2020 3:29

"My gut tells me that the team would be better off with Perez than Vettel. I will not be a bit surprised if Vettel is not as fast as Stroll on a regular basis. Vettel seems to be losing ground to each new team mate lately."

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7. Posted by Burton, 09/09/2020 21:40

"Well, awful decision. All the sycophantic media (Pitpass excluded) can continue to parrot their lines about how Stroll Senior means business, and how he is the real deal, and I'll continue to doubt him."

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8. Posted by ChickenFarmerF1, 09/09/2020 19:17

"Let me find my shocked face.

Between the 2 drivers, Checo was not the one that, on merit, should have been dropped to make room for Vettel. Apparently, it's good to be the king('s son)."

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