Sergio Perez who has signed a contract extension with the Red Bull team till 2024 has stated that he will not hang up his boots at the end of his current deal as he feels he has a lot left in the tank.
Moreover, Sergio Perez has also revealed that when his time to walk away from the sport comes, it won’t be difficult for him due to the happiness he is getting from other areas of life.
The Mexican at the moment is 32 years old and when his new contract expires, he would be 34 which according to him is not the age to quit F1. Perez while shedding light on his plans said, “I still have a contract until 2024, but I can’t imagine that I will end my career then.”
“I’m too young for that and still have too much fun. Even if the sport takes up a lot of time. But that’s how it is.”
“Formula 1 becomes your life. And you can’t just leave that behind. And yet, in the end, it won’t be difficult for me.”
The Red Bull driver made his F1 debut in 2011 and over the years has had many joyful moments in the sport, however, he believes that one of the best moments of life has come outside of F1 with his family and states it as a reason why it will not be difficult for him to leave when the time comes.
While stressing about it Perez said, “The most beautiful moments of my life have nothing to do with racing.”
“The birth of my children, for example. But even the simple things mean a lot to me.”
“When I get a taco for 20 pesos [0.95 euros] in Mexico and spend time with my family, those are moments that you don’t experience like that in Formula 1.”
How the 2022 season has panned out for Sergio Perez so far
Red Bull is flying high this season and so are its drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. The Dutchman is currently leading the 2022 Drivers Championship whereas Sergio Perez is also in the running with 173 points to his name.
While Max has put some distance between himself and the chasing pack, Perez is still having one of his best seasons in F1. After 13 rounds, the 32-year-old is in the third position and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is only 5 points ahead of him in P2.
Moreover, the Mexican has also played a crucial role in keeping Red Bull ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors Championship. His and Verstappen’s efforts behind the wheel of the RB18 have put a massive 97 points gap that has put the Milton-Keynes-based team in a commanding position.
F1 is returning on the 26th of August and considering how well Sergio Perez has shown himself this year, he would be looking to put more stellar performances during the remaining nine races of the season.