Sergio Perez has told Red Bull he would like to sign a longer deal after seeing his team-mate Max Verstappen handed a new mega-money five-year contract less than three months after tasting his maiden F1 title success. Verstappen put pen-to-paper on a new deal earlier this month.
Perez moved to Red Bull ahead of the 2021 season after impressing during spells with Sauber, McLaren, Force India and Racing Point.
He won his first Grand Prix for the Milton Keynes-based team at last June’s Azerbaijan race and racked-up a further four podium finishes last time around.
And he produced a scintillating display at the final Grand Prix of the season as he held off Lewis Hamilton to slow him down for a lengthy period as the Briton tried tirelessly to pass him – a move which benefitted Verstappen enormously.
Perez originally signed a one-year deal with Red Bull and extended that for a second season following a string of promising performances for the team.
But the Mexican has suggested he wants to commit his future to Red Bull for much longer.
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“I definitely think we have a good potential. It’s obviously very early days. I really hope that we are able to make a good step come Bahrain.
“[I hope we will] just keep progressing from all the information that we gathered from here.
“I think it’s a progression throughout the year – it’s important just to keep making steps, keep making progress and keep learning from my driving.”