Has Racing Point F1 done the right thing in ditching Perez?

Besides Mercedes’ confirmation of Valtteri Bottas for next year, and Williams announcement of an unchanged line-up, there have been no concrete moves to talk about.

All eyes have been on Vettel for news on his next move, despite his insistence that any decision would not be rushed. He confirmed there had been talks with Renault prior to its announcement of Fernando Alonso for 2021, and later admitted to “loose talks” with Racing Point over a seat.

News that Vettel was negotiating with Racing Point ahead of its Aston Martin rebrand led to natural questions about the future of Perez. Despite being in just the first year of his three-year contract, Perez conceded himself that it was “obvious” he would be the one to leave were Vettel to arrive, given team-mate Lance Stroll is the son of team owner Lawrence Stroll.

But in recent weeks, Perez became more defiant. Since returning from his two races out due to COVID-19, the Mexican sounded more confident about his future.

“What I’ve heard from the team is that we all want to keep going, to continue,” Perez said at the Spanish Grand Prix. “So I believe it’s just a matter of time before those rumours can go away.”

Racing Point offered a similar message, simply saying it was “status quo” for the team’s line-up next year given the driver…

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