Rumor: Red Bull to send Perez to Williams F1 (Update)

This rumor is upgraded to ‘strong’ today.

According to sources, Mexican Sergio Perez will be let go by the Red Bull F1 team, and he will replace George Russell at Williams in 2022.

We reported earlier that Red Bull was looking at the F2 and F3 pool of drivers for someone faster than Perez, who has not been able to qualify consistently at the sharp edge of the grid to help Max Verstappen and to collect manufacturer points for the team.

Russell is expected to be announced in the coming days as Lewis Hamilton’s teammate at Mercedes next year.

Stay tuned……We have updated our 2022 F1 Silly Season table accordingly.


2022 F1 Silly Season Page
Team Engine No. Driver Nat. Rating Comments
Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen Ferrari 7 Kimi Raikkonen Finland Speculation Kimi has had a rough season and says he doesn’t care who replaces him.
47 Mick Schumacher Germany Speculation Schumacher is contracted to Ferrari. Do they keep him at Haas or move him to Alfa?
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation Reportedly, Bottas has already spoken with Alfa about a 2022 seat.
99 Antonio Giovinazzi Italy Speculation Giovinazzi is unsure of his future.
53 Callum Ilott England Speculation Ilott one of many linked to Alfa Romeo
Alpha Tauri Red Bull 10 Pierre Gasly France Strong Gasly would like to go back to the senior Red Bull team but Alpha Tauri seems more likely.
22 Yuki Tsunoda Japan Strong Franz Tost seemed to suggest Tsunoda would get a second year with Alpha Tauri.
Alpine F1 Team Renault 14 Fernando Alonso Spain Strong It appears Alpine has an option on Alonso for 2022.
31 Esteban Ocon France Fact Ocon re-signed with Alpine in June.
Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Mercedes 5 Sebastian Vettel Germany Strong Vettel is all but confirmed.
18 Lance Stroll Canada Strong No confirmation, but Stroll could move to Mercedes as a Reserve Driver
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation If Stroll goes to Mercedes as a reserve driver then Bottas could replace him
Ferrari Ferrari 16 Charles Leclerc Monaco Fact Leclerc signed through 2024.
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Spain Fact Sainz all set at Ferrari for 2022.
Haas F1 Team Ferrari 9 Nikita Mazepin Russia Fact Mazepin is signed for 2022.
47 Mick Schumacher Germany Strong Schumacher is contracted to Ferrari. Do they keep him at Haas or move him to Alfa?
McLaren F1 Team Mercedes 3 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Fact Ricciardo signed for 2022.
4 Lando Norris England Fact Norris inked a multi-year deal with the team in May.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes 44 Lewis Hamilton England Fact Hamilton is signed for 2022.
63 George Russell England Strong If you believe Gunther Steiner, Russell is headed to Mercedes in 2022.
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation Despite the lack of performance, there are many who believe Bottas will stay.
Red Bull Racing Red Bull 11 Sergio Perez Mexico Speculation sources say Red Bull will sack Perez
33 Max Verstappen Netherlands Fact Verstappen is all set for 2022.
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation Seems doubtful, but one rumor had Bottas possibly headed to Red Bull.
Williams Racing Mercedes 6 Nicholas Latifi Canada Speculation Not much word on Latifi for 2022.
11 Sergio Perez Mexico Strong sources say Perez is in at Williams for 2022
26 Daniil Kvyat Russia Speculation Kvyat has been linked to Williams.
27 Nico Hulkenberg Germany Speculation Hulkenberg has been linked to Williams
63 George Russell England Speculation Williams doesn’t sound optimistic about keeping the talented Russell.
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation Add Williams to the list of teams Bottas is linked to.
45 Guanyu Zhou China Speculation Chinese F2 driver linked to Williams.
21 Nyck de Vries Netherlands Speculation The Formula E driver is one of many linked with Williams.


August 17, 2021 

Red Bull needs a teammate for Max Verstappen that can consistently qualify near the front and run at the front to help Verstappen fend off Mercedes F1 that consistently has two drivers at or near the front.

Sergio Perez is not getting the job done.

According to Italian sports journalist Giorgio Terruzzi, Helmut Marko is looking at F2 and F3 drivers.

Terruzzi reveals that the Austrian Dr. Marko admitted in a private conversation to being “unhappy” with Perez’s performance. He does this in his own Red Bull-backed podcast. In addition, according to the journalist, Marko firmly rules out a return of Pierre Gasly as Verstappen’s teammate.

Instead of the obvious choices like Gasly, Tsunoda or Albon, Marko wants to bet on young talent. Teruzzi argues that Marko sees wisdom in promoting a driver from Formula 2 or Formula 3.

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