Sergio Perez has declared he’ll leave Racing Point in the conclusion of this 2020 Formula 1 year, paving the way for Sebastian Vettel to join the group.
Four-time world winner Vettel has been connected with a chair in Racing Point for 2021 – if it’ll be rebranded as Aston Martin – after confirmation of his departure from Ferrari in May.
Perez stated last month he anticipated speculation regarding his potential using Racing Point to be cleared up at a”matter of time”, re-iterating he had a contract in place with all the group for next season.
However Perez has announced he’ll leave Racing Point in the close of the calendar year, having spent seven years using the Silverstone-based group, five of these in its own preceding Force India guise.
“Everything in existence always has a start and an end, after seven decades together, my period with the group will come to a conclusion after the year,” Perez explained.
“It hurts a little like I bet on the group during very demanding times. We were able to conquer obstacles and I am quite pleased of saving the jobs of many of my team-mates.
“I will keep the memories of the fantastic moments dwelt collectively, the friendships and the pride of constantly giving all.
“I shall always be thankful for the chance given to me personally by Vijay Mallya, who believed in me 2014 and enabled me to continue my F1 career with Force India.
“into the present government, headed by Lawrence Stroll, I need only the very best in the long run, particularly with the forthcoming Aston Martin project”
Perez’s exit leaves the door open for Vettel to combine Racing Point for second year. Vettel has just stated previously he had been in”loose discussions” with the group over its upcoming job, but has been proven to be keen on staying in F1.
Perez previously said he wasn’t speaking to some other F1 teams about a chair for the next year, and affirmed in his statement he has no alternate plan in place now.
“I really don’t have a plan B,” Perez explained.
“My aim is to keep on racing here, but that could be determined by finding a job that motivates me to keep on giving my 100 percentage on every lap.
“I hope I will provide you a fantastic news soon, but for today, let us enjoy together the upcoming races.”
Perez’s departure from Racing Point is the latest move from the driver marketplace for 2021, in which very few seats remain accessible.
Haas and Alfa Romeo will be the most likely landing areas for Perez if he need to stay in F1, with neither group yet to confirm some of its drivers.
Perez disclosed when information of Racing Point’s curiosity about Vettel first surfaced that teams at other show had expressed an interest in signing himsuggesting he’s choices outside F1 if wanted.