Formula 1 drivers at risk: No. 3 – Sergio Perez
Despite sitting in second place in the world championship standings and being one of the top drivers in Formula 1, Sergio Perez’s performance has not been up to par as of late.
The RB19 has been astoundingly dominant in nearly every regard, but Perez has not been able to bring out the best in the car. He has not come close to matching the performance of teammate Max Verstappen.
Perez’s struggles after a strong start to the year have been quite surprising for many, considering the fact that the two drivers have the same exact car.
Red Bull’s performance has put them far ahead of every other team on the grid, and anything less than a podium finish from Perez does not put him in good standing with team principal Christian Horner and advisor Helmut Marko. He has just three podium finishes in the seven most recent races.
Perez has work to do upon returning from summer break, as consistency will be key to him retaining his seat with Red Bull. There are a few drivers out there who are out for Perez’s seat in particular.
Some, including Liam Lawson and Ayumu Iwasa, come from the team’s junior driver academy, and the other big one is Daniel Ricciardo, who recently made his way back into Formula 1 with Red Bull sister team AlphaTauri.
The Mexican driver will have to prove himself in the final 10 races of the 2023 season, or he could be released from his contract a year early.