The Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton bomb has exposed Formula 1’s ‘silly season’. With many seats vacant for 2025, several drivers are still waiting to know their future, ‘Checo’ Pérez among them. The Mexican has terminated his contract with Red Bull at the end of this season, with questions over whether he will continue at the energy drinks factory. After spending four years in Austria, Checo’s future depends on what he achieves in 2024, as indicated by Helmut Marko himself.
“If Checo has a good season, it is very possible that the lineup in 2025 will also be composed of Verstappen and Pérez,” the Austrian commented in an interview with Sport.de. Since signing four seasons ago, Checo has been considered Max Verstappen’s eternal partner, he was also a key player in the first ‘Mad Max’ title. The Red Bull seat is currently the most coveted seat for any Grand Circus driver, with the last three titles behind it as a guarantee.
Even Christian Horner himself mentioned a possible renewal or departure of the Mexican at the end of last month: “We are in a great situation where there are many people who want to get into that car. We just have to see what’s best for the team, which is now the case. This is Cheko’s seat and only he will lose it. He is the holder of that position and a lot will depend on how he performs next season,” said the Red Bull boss.
By 2025, there are many pilots who may change their scenario, either because their contract is expiring or because circumstances dictate it. With Carlos Sainz, the collateral damage of the Hamilton affair, as one of the great attractions for the market, other drivers like Pierre Gasly, Lando Norris or Fernando Alonso will be at the table of the Red Bull management to name a few, and more the pilots of their academy. beyond.
Problem at red bull dome
Beyond the team’s preparations for the next season, an earthquake has shaken the Milton Keynes office. A few weeks ago Dutch media De Telegraaf reported that the team had launched an investigation into Christian Horner for alleged “unacceptable behaviour” towards an employee. Furthermore, as a spokesperson for the energy company confirmed to the media, “the company itself will have launched an independent investigation”.
Although Horner himself denied this saying, Red Bull boss Oliver Mintzlaff may have been aware of certain situations regarding the director. Although it is not known at this time what the scope of the investigation could be within the company, the parent company does not want to let it go unnoticed. In fact, it would have been the Austrian company that would have launched an independent investigation to clarify the facts.