Perez Not Required to Drive for Red Bull in 2025

Fourteen out of twenty Formula 1 drivers’ contracts will expire after 2024, with Verstappen, Hamilton, Russell, Piastri, Norris, and possibly Lance Stroll already confirmed for 2025; Sergio Perez‘s seat at Red Bull is under scrutiny due to his performance, with Daniel Ricciardo being a potential replacement, while AlphaTauri’s competitiveness could impact decisions about Liam Lawson and Yuki Tsunoda.

Highlights

‣ 14 out of 20 Formula 1 drivers have contracts expiring after 2024, with Verstappen, Hamilton, Russell, Piastri, Norris, and likely Lance Stroll already confirmed for 2025.
‣ Sergio Perez’s seat at Red Bull is under scrutiny due to disappointing results in 2023, but his position is secure if he improves in qualifying.
‣ Red Bull’s potential replacements for Perez include Daniel Ricciardo, Yuki Tsunoda, and Liam Lawson, with Ricciardo currently topping the list.
‣ AlphaTauri’s competitiveness could increase under the leadership of former Ferrari Sporting Director Laurent Mekies, making their seats more sought after. Liam Lawson is a potential new driver for the team.


2024’s driver lineup? No changes there. But don’t get too comfy. 2025? Now that’s a different story.

We’re talking 14 out of 20 drivers with contracts expiring post-2024. Verstappen, Hamilton, Russell, Piastri, Norris, and probably Lance Stroll? They’re safe. They’ve got their 2025 seats locked down. Lawrence Barretto, our man on the inside at Formula 1, has some thoughts on who else might snag a seat.

Sergio Perez. Remember him? Took a lot of flak for his 2023 performance. But guess what? The guy still managed to bag second place in the championship.

Barretto’s take? “Sergio Perez’s seat at Red Bull will be one of the most sought after.” Christian Horner, Team Principal, says it’s Perez’s to lose. If he steps up his game, especially in qualifying where he struggled in 2023, Red Bull won’t have a reason to switch things up.

But if he doesn’t? Red Bull’s got options. Daniel Ricciardo, Yuki Tsunoda, Liam Lawson. They’re all in the pool. And word on the street is Ricciardo’s at the top of the list for potential replacements.

AlphaTauri. Now there’s a team to watch. Barretto thinks if they become more competitive this year, their seats will be hot property. They’ve got a new era kicking off, led by former Ferrari Sporting Director Laurent Mekies.

Liam Lawson? He’s the first name that pops up when you think of a new driver at AlphaTauri. If Ricciardo moves up to Red Bull and Tsunoda has another good season, Lawson could be in. But if Tsunoda or Ricciardo struggle, Red Bull could easily slot Lawson in for one of them.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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