Sergio Perez is having a magnificent second stint for Red Bull during the 2022 championship. The Mexican driver recently won the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time in his career. Although Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc acquired the pole position on Saturday. The Scuderia looked to be in control for a win in Monaco. However, Checo seemed to be doing very well since the beginning of Friday practice.
The 32-year-old consistently challenged Leclerc in terms of the fastest lap across the Monte Carlo circuit and secured a third position in the qualifying. Charles had the early lead, but a glitch in the Ferrari pit cost the Monegasque his pole position on a street circuit, which is not known for overtaking. Sergio Perez clinched the opportunity to take the lead while Leclerc took two quick pit stops and fell to the fourth position, which he could never recover from.
Sergio has shown that he is no less than Max Verstappen. He is completely capable of leading the way for Red Bull even though he is comfortable in his current supporting role too. And now, the Red Bull has rewarded Perez for his magnificent run in Monaco with a two-year contract extension. His contract was supposed to end in 2022, and there had been speculations that Perez might retire after his contract ended. However, with the extension coming, Sergio will be a part of Formula One until 2024.
Further, Checo joined Red Bull in 2021 and won at the street circuit in Azerbaijan along with four podium finishes. The Mexican driver finished in the fourth position in the drivers’ standings behind his teammate Max Verstappen, who won the F1 championship last year.
Red Bull Delighted To Have Perez
Sergio is having an even better run during the 2022 championship. He is currently seated in the third position on the drivers’ rankings with 100 points. He is only 15 points behind Verstappen with a win and four podiums so far after seven races. The Red Bull boss Christian Horner was delighted by Perez’s win as he announced the contract extension. Christian said that holding on to Checo’s pace, his race craft, and the experience was a no-brainer for Red Bull. The racing team is thrilled that Sergio Perez will continue to race with them until 2024.
Moreover, Horner stated that Perez has proved on several occasions that he is not only a magnificent team player. The Red Bull team principal added, “But as his level of comfort has grown. He has become a real force to be reckoned with at the sharp end of the grid.
Christian feels that Checo has closed the gap to reigning world champ Max significantly with another step this season. It was evident with his pole position in Jeddah and his impressive win in Monaco on Sunday. Sergio Perez was thrilled with the news of his extension and stated that it had been an incredible week for him. Moreover, Sergio said that every driver dreams of winning in Monaco. Then, following it up with his extended stay with Red Bull till 2024 made him extremely happy.