Sergio Perez

As we gear up for the 2023 Formula 1 season, all eyes are on Red Bull Racing, wondering who will snag the second seat between Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo. Sergio Perez’s contract is set to end after the 2024 Formula 1 season, and people are buzzing about what Red Bull might do if neither contender performs well. Let’s look at three drivers who could become strong contenders for the Red Bull second seat if Sergio Perez and Ricciardo disappoint in 2024.

Alex Albon – A Familiar Face with Renewed Potential

Alex Albon
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Alex Albon, the lead driver for Williams in the last two seasons, has not only revived his career but has also become more popular in Formula 1. Rumors are floating around about many teams being interested in him. If both Ricciardo and Sergio Perez can’t convince Red Bull they’re up to the task, and Albon continues to impress in 2024, coming back to Red Bull might be a real possibility. The team liked having Albon around before, and bringing him back could be a smart move.


Carlos Sainz – A Ferrari Outcast with Red Bull Roots

Carlos Sainz
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Carlos Sainz’s journey from Toro Rosso, Renault, to Ferrari has been one of bouncing back and achieving success. Despite consistently good performances, Ferrari hasn’t committed to keeping him for a long time, raising questions. If Sainz and Ferrari can’t agree on a new contract, Red Bull might be an appealing alternative. Going back to the team where he first made it in Formula 1 could happen, especially if Ricciardo and Sergio Perez struggle in the 2024 season.

Nico Hulkenberg – The Dark Horse Option

While Nico Hulkenberg’s age might be seen as a limiting factor, his outstanding performance last season can’t be ignored. The 36-year-old German showed he’s still got it, performing better than others at Haas. If Red Bull needs a temporary solution, Hulkenberg could be a good choice. His experience and recent success could make him a surprising but effective pick as Red Bull figures out who will be Max Verstappen’s teammate if both Sergio Perez and Ricciardo fall short of expectations.

Nico Hulkenberg 24 2024
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As we approach the 2024 Formula 1 season, the excitement around Red Bull’s second seat is building. While Sergio Perez and Ricciardo are the main contenders, the possibility of drivers like Alex Albon, Carlos Sainz, or even Nico Hulkenberg joining the mix adds an extra layer of anticipation. Red Bull fans eagerly await the unfolding drama, curious to see who will ultimately secure the highly sought-after position alongside the dynamic Max Verstappen. The stage is set for an enthralling season, and the potential changes in driver line-ups only serve to heighten the excitement within the passionate world of Formula 1.