Verstappen hails Perez contract renewal as ‘best thing’ for Red Bull and assesses team’s chances in Canada

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 25: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen believes that Red Bull took the best option “for the whole team” in extending Sergio Perez’s contract, with the Mexican set to race with the squad through to the end of 2026.

Amid continued speculation and moves in the driver market during recent weeks, it was announced ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix that Perez had signed a new two-year deal with the outfit.

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This will continue his and Verstappen’s tenure as team mates, which began when Perez joined Red Bull in 2021.

Asked for his view on the Mexican’s contract renewal – and whether he had any say in who would race alongside him at the team going forwards – Verstappen responded: “No, I don’t have a say on that, but I’m happy.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 21: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull

Verstappen and Perez have been team mates at Red Bull since 2021

“I get on really well with Checo. I think also for the whole team, that was definitely the best thing to do.”

In terms of the on-track action, both Verstappen and Perez will be hoping for a better weekend in Montreal off the back of a challenging one last time out in Monaco, in which the RB20 struggled with the bumps and kerbs of the track.

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While Perez retired from the running on the opening lap after a dramatic collision with the Haas duo of Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg, Verstappen ended the event in P6.

On whether he is confident that he can bounce back at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, the Dutchman voiced his optimism but also acknowledged that a threat of rain could be a significant factor this weekend.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 06: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing looks on

Verstappen will be looking to bounce back in Canada after a P6 result last time out in Monaco

“I always knew that Monaco was not going to be an easy weekend, plus Monaco can always be quite chaotic,” said Verstappen. “But that’s alright, I think we had a good direction where we wanted to work in, and now step by step we’ll try to improve that.

“We still have a quick car, but some tracks just work a little bit better for us than others, and I think here now it’s not only the track layout, it’s also now dealing with the weather, how wet it’s going to be.

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“We just have to wait and see, but naturally of course the gaps have closed a bit but that’s alright.”


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