Perez: Verstappen fully committed with Red Bull

Perez: Verstappen fully committed with Red Bull

Perez: Verstappen fully committed with Red Bull

Sergio Pérez has downplayed speculation that his three-time Formula 1 World Champion teammate Max Verstappen could be considering a switch from Red Bull to Mercedes.

Verstappen’s future has been the talk of the Australian Grand Prix paddock at Albert Park this week with Red Bull allegedly divided over its recent controversy involving team principal Christian Horner.

Pérez remains convinced the team is united, he said: “The team is in a very strong position, because with the results we’re currently having, the harmony that there is in the team, I think to achieve that it takes a couple of years probably.”

Verstappen has won the first two races of the F1 season in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Perez finished second in both Grand Prix races.

“Right now, the dynamic, everyone in the team is working really well together, the whole engineering group, it´s really united,” the Mexican pointed out. “And you can see that on-track, and how efficient we´ve been in the last year. So I don´t see any reason to change it.”

He added: “It would obviously be a blow for the team if Max were to leave.”

Pérez denied any knowledge of an exit clause in Verstappen´s Red Bull contract, which is set to run through to the end of 2028 but has been the subject of intense speculation as part of the ongoing controversy.

“I don´t have that clause,” Pérez said. “I don´t know what clause Max has in his contract, it´s better if you ask him. I think Max, as far as I know, has a contract with the team and is fully committed with the team.

“And the rest, I think it´s not for me to comment, nothing to do with me,” he insisted.

The Australian Grand Prix is set for Sunday. There are two practice sessions scheduled for Friday and another on Saturday before afternoon qualifying. (The Associated Press)