MILTON KEYNES, U.K. – Red Bull Racing has confirmed Sergio Pérez will join the team and race alongside Max Verstappen in the FIA Formula One World Championship, replacing Alexander Albon.
Perez’s contract with Red Bull Racing is a one-year deal.
Albon will remain with the team as a test and reserve driver with a focus on development for the 2022 season, simulator work and tire testing.
Perez made his Grand Prix debut in 2011 and has since become one of the sport’s most consistent performers. He recently earned his first F-1 victory during the Sakhir Grand Prix.
“Alex is a valued member of the team and we thought long and hard about this decision,” said Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner. “Having taken our time to evaluate all the relevant data and performances we have decided that Sergio is the right driver to partner Max for 2021 and look forward to welcoming him to Red Bull Racing.
“Alex remains an important part of our team as test and reserve driver with a key focus on 2022 development and we would like to thank him for his hard work and contribution.”