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Sergio Perez

Perez provides first hint over Red Bull F1 exit

Perez has struggled to match Verstappen at Red Bull during their time paired together

Perez Monza
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Sergio Perez has suggested that he is beginning to think about life after Red Bull, with his contract ending at the end of the 2024 season.

Perez is currently in his third season at Red Bull, but has been heavily outperformed by teammate Max Verstappen during their stint together, winning five races to Verstappen's 37 as of the 2023 Italian Grand Prix.

Earlier this year, questions were raised over Perez's future and if it was possible that the Mexican would be dropped at the end of the current campaign.

The speculation has mounted amid a poor run of form for the 33-year-old, who failed to reach the final segment of qualifying on five consecutive occasions between Monaco and Britain, with Daniel Ricciardo touted as a possible replacement for 2025.

However, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner recently reiterated that Perez will, at the very least, see out his contract with the team.

Perez seeking new challenge?

Speaking to DAZN España, Perez stated that he will sit down with the Milton Keynes-based squad next year to discuss his future - but acknowledged that it may lie away from Red Bull.

"Every year you learn new things and that's why I like this sport so much," Perez said.

"You are learning things all the time. I think the most important thing is to learn from your mistakes.

"With the season we have had, it is important to hold the next races in an environment where I feel I can contribute.

"And [if] that place for 2025 is not here, we will have to look for other alternatives.

"But right now, my main focus is to be here, to win more races, to keep winning championships with Red Bull.

"I have a contract until next year and at some point next year we will sit down and talk."

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