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Sergio Perez

Red Bull F1 future will be sorted imminently - Perez

Sergio Perez's contract is up at the end of the 2024 season, with a clutch of drivers linked with the Red Bull seat.

Perez Horner Japan
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Sergio Perez has suggested that his Formula 1 future with Red Bull could be resolved "within a month" as he continues an impressive start to the season.

Perez banked a first-career Japanese Grand Prix podium at Suzuka, as he finished second to Max Verstappen and climb into second place in the drivers' ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

After a poor mid-part of the 2023 season, Perez's future with the team was called into doubt with Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda both fancying their chances of stepping up to partner Verstappen.

Following his win in Australia, Carlos Sainz was also touted as a potential replacement for Perez, who feels a resolution could be near.

"I am pretty relaxed about it, it is my 14th season in F1," Perez told Sky Sports F1.

"Whatever comes next, I am really pleased with what I've done in the sport so far.

"I believe it will be a matter of time [before my future is decided] and obviously the driver market is moving and in the next few weeks, there will be a lot of movement for sure. I expect to know within a month what I am doing next year."

Horner's response

After Perez secured the team's third one-two finish from four races to start the season, Christian Horner was asked about a timeframe for deciding Perez's future.

"The whole driver market seems to be very early this year, and everybody seems to be rushing around, and we're four races into the year," Horner told media including RacingNews365.

"We're not in a huge rush, and obviously there is a significant amount of interest in our cars as you would expect, and Checo has the priority.

"But it is going to be a few more races before we start thinking about next year."

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