Sebastian Vettel appears to be on the cusp of joining Racing Point after it was announced that Sergio Perez would leave the team at the end of the current Formula One season. Reports had indicated Vettel was delaying a final decision over his next destination with Lewis Hamilton yet to officially sign a new contract with Mercedes.
Four-time world champion Vettel will end a five-year association with Ferrari at the end of the season having struggled to find his peak performance in recent times.
The 33-year-old finished fifth last season after ending up in second in 2017 and 2018, both times well behind rival Hamilton, who now boasts six titles.
This year, Vettel has picked up just 16 points from eight races with his best outing coming at the Hungarian Grand Prix, crossing the finishing line in sixth, though Ferrari’s 2020 car is well below the standards expected of the Scuderia.
But Vettel has been tipped to move to Racing Point, who have held what the German described as “loose talks” with him in July and are believed to have more recently offered him a contract ahead of their Aston Martin rebrand in 2021.
The Lawrence Stroll-backed outfit have excelled this year but will part ways with Mexican racer Perez, allowing Vettel to come in as his replacement alongside Lance Stroll as they look to go from competing in the midfield to battling with the top teams.
Perez had only signed a three-year contract extension in August of last year, though he could now move on to either Alfa Romeo or Haas.
“Everything in life always has a beginning and an end, and after seven years together, my time with the team will come to an end after this season,” said Perez in a statement.
“It hurts a bit as I bet on the team during very rough times; we managed to overcome obstacles and I am very proud of saving the jobs of several of my team-mates.
“I’ll keep the memories of the great moments lived together, the friendships and the satisfaction of always giving my all.
“I will always be grateful for the opportunity given to me Vijay Mallya, who believed in me in 2014 and allowed me to continue my F1 career with Force India.
Source:Daily Express :: Sport Feed