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Alex Brundle: Perez extension not a stupid decision

Alex Brundle: Perez extension by Red Bull not a stupid decision

Alex Brundle: Perez extension not a stupid decision

Alex Brundle believes Sergio Perez’s contract extension has been borne of long term considerations and a need for stability at Red Bull.

Despite rumours of an early exit from Formula 1 and numerous other drivers vying for Oracle Red Bull Racing’s second seat, Sergio Perez secured himself another two years at the Milton Keynes-based outfit.

The Mexican driver will be Max Verstappen’s teammate into F1’s next technical generation in 2026, the finer details of which were announced earlier this week.

He has failed to match the pace and consistency of Verstappen since he joined Red Bull in 2021, and a series of early Qualifying knockouts and crashes, most recently at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix, had cast doubt on Perez’s future as an F1 driver.

With various changes taking place at Red Bull, including the departure of Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey and investigations against Team Principal Christian Horner, Verstappen has asserted that Perez’s contract extension brings much needed stability. This is a sentiment that F2/F3 commentator and racing driver Alex Brundle agrees with.

Speaking exclusively to GRANDPRIX247, Brundle admitted that he wasn’t surprised to hear that Perez would remain with Red Bull until at least the end of 2026. He said: “You look at the range of podiums that Perez has achieved at the beginning of the year, and I think he’s done a pretty good job.

“So it’s not a giant surprise that he’s been reinstated. But I definitely think it’s a strategic move from Red Bull. You’re moving into a new regulation set for 2026; stability is not a stupid decision,” stated Brundle.

The most difficult seat in Formula 1

Alex Brundle: Perez extension not a stupid decision

RB’s Yuki Tsunoda was touted for a possible switch to Red Bull before signing an extension with his existing outfit, as was Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. who is out of contract at the end of the current campaign. When asked if Red Bull should have considered other options, Brundle added: “Yes, there were.

“At the end of the day, the teams will always have more data than us with regards to how drivers are performing. And of course when you have an open seat, especially a driver like Tsunoda who’s Red Bull connected, is always under consideration.

“They will have considered all options and I think that the consideration of what the other side of the garage will want will have been a factor in their decision.”

Brundle also stressed the difficulty that any driver would have matching the performance of Verstappen: “You know, it’s notoriously one of the most difficult seats in Formula 1 because being across the garage from Max Verstappen is almost an impossible quest.

“So I think it’s a difficult seat. I don’t think it’s a ridiculous decision for Perez to stay,” concluded the feeder series commentator.

Perez disappointed in his first competitive session after signing the contract extension with Red Bull, failing to make it out of Q1 during Saturday’s Qualifying. He will be hoping to make up positions during the race, commencing at 19:00 BST (14:00 local time) on Sunday 9 June.