The excess of cruelty of Racing Point with Sergio Pérez

The excess of cruelty of Racing Point with Sergio Pérez

The 30-year-old Mexican is left without a seat at Racing Point two years after becoming personally involved in its survival.

The excess of cruelty of Racing Point with Sergio Pérez

Sometimes the cruelty of F1 exceeds what is humanly reasonable. Sergio Pérez can attest. The Mexican driver, the great protagonist of the weekend at Mugello, has lost his seat at Racing Point two years after becoming personally involved in the economic survival of the team. A clause of his contract, which expired in 2022, was used by Lawrence Stroll to resolve his departure and make way for Sebastian Vettel , the leader of the new project, already under the auspices of Aston Martin.

The explanations of Otmar Szafnauer , Racing Point crew chief, were tinged with an astonishing bureaucratic coldness on Friday. “It was difficult for us to make the decision, but having a driver with Sebastian's experience will help us take another step forward. I wish Sergio the best. He deserves to stay in F1 and I hope he finds a place on the grid.

A few hours earlier, Pérez had offered a version of events that did not leave his bosses in a very good place: “No one had told me anything, but I saw it coming. They told me yesterday, “said the 30-year-old Mexican, who will receive compensation of 10 million euros until the end of 2022, according to information from the daily Bild . While waiting for that date, one of the most talented drivers on the grid will have to make several decisions.

The link with Slim

The most important is whether or not to continue in F1, where the only vacancies for 2021 will remain at Haas and Alfa Romeo. These are two teams that cannot offer what Pérez wants so much: a car to fight for the victories. For this reason, 'Checo' has opened other doors. Zak Brown , McLaren president, has already passed on an offer to him to become the Woking team's starting driver in IndyCar.

Pérez's pedigree as a driver, from his days at Sauber to his fleeting year 2013 at McLaren, has never gone unnoticed. His close relationship with Carlos Slim also paved the way for sponsorships. Even in the most desperate situations, like the Force India crisis, Checo acted with exemplary righteousness. “I am proud to have saved the work of many colleagues,” he explained in the summer of 2018, after leading a petition for Force India to enter bankruptcy. Sergio, who had endured gallantly through adversity, is now deprived of the Aston Martin bonanza.

To the sadism of the situation must be added another episode, related to the Stroll family. Lawrence, the father, is a Canadian billionaire obsessed with building a team for the greater glory of Lance, his 21-year-old son, one of the least competent drivers on the grid. “If I were a father, I wouldn't throw my son out either,” Sergio admitted in July, aware of his weakened position. Today, at the wheel of the powerful Mercedes Rosa , he will fight at least for the podium from seventh position.

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