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Sergio Perez

Perez looking for 'longer stay' at Red Bull amid Verstappen's new contract

Following the news that Max Verstappen has signed a contract extension with Red Bull that will keep him with the team until the end of 2028, Sergio Perez has revealed his own hopes for a future with the Milton Keynes-based outfit.

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Sergio Perez admits that he hopes to discuss a "longer stay" with Red Bull amid the recent news of teammate Max Verstappen's contract extension.

It was announced earlier in March that Verstappen has signed a new deal to remain with the team until the end of the 2028 season, the longest current contract on the F1 grid.

Perez's deal with the Milton Keynes-based squad expires at the end of 2022 and, when asked if he would like to have a conversation about a multi-year contract when it comes to a renewal, the Mexican explained that he hopes to have some "stability".

"I think when the time comes, certainly, as a driver, you're looking to have some stability with your team, which is also good for the team, to have some continuity," Perez told media including RacingNews365.com.

"So yeah, I think going forwards [I'm] looking for a bit longer stay."

Perez: So many things to learn in first races of 2022

In the meantime, Perez is focused on the upcoming 2022 campaign, which will be his second season with Red Bull.

The team's new challenger, the RB18, displayed promise during pre-season testing. However, given the difference in conditions between the first test in Barcelona and the second in Bahrain, Perez believes that it will take some time before the true performance of the new cars becomes clear.

"I think we have to wait a couple of races to really understand," Perez said.

"[We've been] learning from these cars in very different circuits. Barcelona [then] Bahrain, [it is] probably the the most dramatic change between them, just in temperature. We just have to wait and see a couple of different circuits.

"I think it's going to be very interesting also [to see] the race conditions. It tends to be easier to follow but, on the straight, the tow effect seems to be very minor.

"[There are] so many things that we have to learn in the coming races. It's going to be very interesting, the first couple of races."

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