Szafnauer: Perez’s manager was kept fully informed of Vettel talks

Racing Point boss Otmar Szafnauer (shown) says that Sergio Perez was kept abreast of the negotiations with Sebastian Vettel throughout the process.

Racing Point’s Otmar Szafnauer says that Sergio Perez did know that the team were looking to replace him with Sebastian Vettel for next year, following comments on Thursday from Perez that he didn’t have any warning ahead of the call to axe him from Lawrence Stroll, i.e. he was lying through his teeth.

“He did have an inkling, and he did know.” Szafnauer told Sky. “We kept his manager, Julian Jakobi, informed of the process all the way through. Perez was kept aware of what was going on with us.” Szafnauer added. “What he didn’t know, because the decision wasn’t made, was what the definite action was going to be.”