Horner and Marko may have convinced Mateschitz on Perez joining Red Bull

Rumors about a switch Red Bull Racing for Sergio Perez are getting stronger. Not only Movistar but also Sky Sports reported on Sunday that negotiations between the Mexican and the Milton Keynes-based racing team have started.

“We are expecting an announcement maybe in the next coming week that Sergio Perez has joined the team,” Kravitz said in Ted’s Notebook after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Sky Sports presenter’s expectation is that Alexander Albon will stay with the Austrian racing team as a test and reserve driver.

Dietrich Mateschitz is said to have argued internally for a contract extension from Albon. Red Bull is half-owned by a British-Thai family and since the roots of the 24-year-old driver are from Thailand, the owner of Red Bull would’ve liked Albon to get an extra chance.

“It does look like Christian Horner and Helmut Marko have managed to convince Dietrich Mateschitz, who wanted to keep the faith with Alex Albon, to sign Perez. It seems like there is nothing to lose [signing Perez]. They may as well see how it goes [with him] and if he can’t do the job that they want him to do then they’ve Alex in reserve. That seems to be the elegant solution Red Bull has gone with,” Kravitz concludes.

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