Sergio Perez admitted that he already knew before the summer break that he would continue his adventure with Red Bull for another year.
Last Friday, Red Bull dropped the news that Perez had signed a contract extension with them for the 2022 season. The Mexican deserved the new deal as he won one race and scored one podium, and overall, he is doing pretty good. Plus, his role is extremely important in Red Bull’s fight for the championship.
Perez told Motorsport.com that he already received the news he would sign a new contract with Red Bull before the summer break.
“I went into the summer break knowing what I was going to do,” Perez said.
“But everyone went on holiday, so it took us longer for it to be ready. I signed on Friday, once everyone was back, and yeah, we committed a long time ago.
“It was a couple of races already ago that Helmut [Marko] and Christian [Horner] told me that they’re very happy to keep me and that I shouldn’t be looking anywhere else.
“They wanted to continue with me, and vice-versa, so it was just clear for both sides that we wanted to continue.”
The Red Bull driver also admitted that he did not have any talk with other Formula 1 teams since he is happy where he is now and he wants to continue with Red Bull.
Perez had some highs and lows in the first half of the year, but he wants to perform well in the second part and he cannot wait to drive the new cars in 2022.
“It is a massive opportunity, and next year, everyone starts from zero,” Perez said.
“There is no secret that I have been struggling with the car at times to get the maximum, so right now, I can think with the bigger picture in mind, getting some other things that can influence next year’s car.
“So definitely it is a big opportunity.”