Sergio Perez has praised the driver he replaced at Red Bull after winning a dramatic and enthralling F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix last weekend.

The Mexican driver thanked Alexander Albon, who was previously Max Verstappen’s teammate at Red Bull in 2020 and 2019.

Following Albon posting his congratulations to Perez on Instagram, the former Force India man responded via his own story.

“Let’s keep pushing mate, you’re a very important part of all this!” the 31-year-old posted to his Instagram story after Sunday’s race around the Baku street circuit.

“Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.”

Albon’s initial post recognised the importance of Perez’s race win to the Constructor World Championship, which Red Bull now leads.

While Albon no longer drives for Red Bull in Formula 1, he is still involved with the team as a test and reserve driver, having been spotted at several Grand Prix weekends this season.

“Fully deserved @RedBullRacing. Congrats to @schechoperez on the win – mega drive!” Albon put on his social media.

The young Thai-British driver lost his F1 seat in 2020, but will most certainly have an eye trained on the progress of the current Alpha Tauri duo, as a return to Red Bull’s sister team for the 2022 season might well be on the cards.

Last week, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was also full of praise for Albon, crediting the DTM star with playing a significant role in Max Verstappen’s Monaco Grand Prix win.

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