What does Sergio Perez need to do to get a seat at a top team? It seems that despite a couple of seasons where he has been the best of the rest, the Mexican’s performances are overlooked as Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull opt for continuity.
Checo is in his prime. Whilst he has had a tougher inter-team rivalry this season against Esteban Ocon, Perez blitzed the highly-rated Nico Hulkenberg when they were both driving for Force India.
There aren’t many people who believe that Perez isn’t good enough to drive for one of the big three, but unfortunately, it just comes down to a lack of space rather than a lack of belief in the driver. Hamilton, Vettel and Ricciardo all have safe seats and will only leave their respective teams when they make the decision to leave.
— MotorsportM8 (@motorsportm8) August 24, 2017
That leaves Raikkonen, Bottas and Verstappen as the more likely suspects to make a move elsewhere, although if Verstappen were to become available, there is a very high chance that he would shift over to one of the top two teams. Raikkonen has been retained for 2018 by Ferrari too, which only leaves Valtteri Bottas’ seat as a slight possibility.
Sadly for Perez, the Finn has been impressive so far, and it seems likely that if he continues to perform at the same level as he has done so far, Mercedes will make the decision to keep him too.
Toto Wolff came out with some interesting comments, stating that Mercedes have a plan-B driver line-up for 2018 to avoid a 2016 Nico Rosberg scenario from happening. Whilst Perez is usually linked with Ferrari, it wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that the Mexican is on the plan-B shortlist.
— theUsher13 (@theJudge13Twts) August 14, 2017
Regarding the stalemate at the top, Perez said,
“If there is an opportunity in a top team, it’s very rare. Look at Bottas, how he ended up at Mercedes [after Nico Rosberg retired].
“What is frustrating for me is the way the sport is at the moment, with a team or two teams being able to compete for the top and then there is a big margin behind you.
“If you’re not in those two teams, it’s very difficult. You’re in the same position as everyone else around you.”
— TheBestF1.es (@TheBestF1es) August 13, 2017
Put Checo in the W08, SF70H or the RB13 and it would be a confident assumption to make that he would meet the expectations of any team. He has that aggressive streak that isn’t too
He has that aggressive streak that isn’t too obtuse and has scored podiums against the odds in recent years. As a spectator, it is frustrating to see Perez as one of those drivers who have the prospect to win races and challenge the top drivers, but hasn’t quite got the machinery to match his potential, regardless of how well Force India have been doing this season.