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Perez refutes Ricciardo pressure: Red Bull can sign any driver

Sergio Perez says he is not concerned by the presence of Daniel Ricciardo at the team, following Red Bull's decision to sign the Australian for the F1 2023 season.

Sergio Perez insists that he is not concerned by the role Ricciardo will play at the Red Bull team in 2023. Daniel Ricciardo will be working as Red Bull's 'third driver' in 2023 , following the termination of his McLaren contract in 2022. This has prompted theories that Ricciardo could be drafted into a race seat if the Mexican does not deliver the required results in 2023. Speaking after the launch of Red Bull's RB19 livery, Perez was asked by RacingNews365.com if he had concerns about Red Bull's decision to sign Ricciardo for 2023. The four-time grand prix winner replied by emphasising the powers that Red Bull are likely to have in the driver market. "No, when you are at the Red Bull Racing you had better perform at your best," responded Perez. "It doesn't matter if Daniel is here or not, Red Bull can pick pretty much any driver they want from the grid."

Perez: We're fortunate to have Ricciardo

Ricciardo's role will predominantly involve completing simulation work and demonstration runs, and there is currently no plan for test days or free practice outings. Perez commented that he believed Ricciardo's contributions would help the team's performances in the coming season. "I think we're very fortunate to have Daniel, given the level of experience that he has and to be able to have him back at the factory with the engineers," added Perez. "He really knows when we are talking about the car, he really understands what we're talking about. "So I think it's right to have someone like him around and, especially on weekends, he will be a massive help."

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