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SPA, BELGIUM - JULY 30: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing prepares to drive on the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on July 30, 2023 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Horner confirms Sergio Perez will race for Red Bull in 2024

Christian Horner confirms Perez for 2024, but doesn't commit to his future beyond next season.

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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has confirmed that Sergio Perez will race for Red Bull in 2024 but hasn’t ruled out a Daniel Ricciardo return in 2025.

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Christian Horner (left) and Sergio Perez (right) celebrate after the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix (Image Credit: Dan Mullan – Getty Images)

Perez sits second in the championship, 125 points behind his teammate Max Verstappen after 12 races. Despite the deficit in points, Horner remains content with his driver line-up.

Speaking to Speedcafe.com, Horner said: “We have a contract. We’re happy with Checo and he will be our driver next year.

“But for us, it’s always good to have – the whole purpose of AlphaTauri and Toro Rosso before was to be training drivers as potential candidates for Red Bull Racing.

“That’s why, with Nyck [De Vries], it didn’t feel like he was going to be a Red Bull Racing candidate, so then the argument you put is, does it make sense to keep going?”

Perez was the first non-Red Bull academy driver to get promoted to the team since Mark Webber in 2006. The Former Sauber driver had signed a contract extension with Red Bull until the end of the 2024 season.

What does Sergio Perez and Red Bull’s future hold?

British-born Horner hasn’t ruled out a shake-up in the driver line-up, as they leave their “options” open for the future.

He commented: “I think ’25 [2025], it’s just good to have options. I mean, Max is fixed till ’28 [2028], Checo’s contract runs the end of next year.

“If Checo delivers, we’ll keep going with Checo. If he doesn’t, for whatever reason, then it’s… but that won’t be just restricted to AlphaTauri drivers, because there’s an awful lot of drivers up and down the pit lane that would like to drive a Red Bull car.”

The ex-McLaren driver has won all six of their races since turning 30, showing that age is just a number.

When Horner was asked if he felt age was an issue for Ricciardo making a Red Bull return. Horner said: “I don’t see age as a barrier.

“When I see what Fernando Alonso is doing, and Lewis Hamilton. It’s all about what’s up here [in the mind] that counts.”

Feature Image Credit: Mark Thompson – Getty Images

  1. Nothing new itself as he’s been officially confirmed until 2024-end, ever since the announcement after last season’s Monaco GP, & the only way Red Bull would terminate his contract is if he’s performance level dropped again, which I doubt would happen over the remaining season.

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