Sergio Perez has revealed Red Bull’s motorsport chief Helmut Marko was one of the many team bosses to send their congratulations after winning his first F1 race last time out in Bahrain.

The Mexican is still in the frame to move to Red Bull alongside Max Verstappen for 2022 with it set to make a decision between Perez and Alexander Albon after this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

When quizzed about his chances of landing the Red Bull seat, Perez said: “Yes, I had congratulation messages from pretty much most of the team bosses in F1, including Helmut [Marko] so it was nice to have that. 


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“Regarding any decision, I think what they say publicly is correct. They will make the decision at some point after the weekend so I don’t know when that decision will be. There’s not a lot of hurry anymore. It’s the end of the year and it’s where we are. We waited so long that now it’s one week or two weeks more to know a decision. It doesn’t change that much.”

Even if Perez is unable to secure a seat for 2021, he’s eager to return to the sport for 2022 and is “hungrier” for more victories.

“All I can say is that I am in big peace with myself,” Perez added. “I am not fully in control of my future at the moment. It’s something that bothers you obviously, I think any human in this position will struggle a bit but given that it is not in my hands, given that the victory came, it took a long time though but it came. I felt I made the most of my opportunities.

“If I have a seat for next year it’s great but if not, I am willing to come back in ‘22. I believe that I am at the peak of my career and the best years are ahead of me. Even missing a year, next year, I am determined enough to come back for ‘22. If I have to take a year out, I will do it but I am more determined than ever to come back. The victory gave me some peace to myself but also a lot more hunger, I want more in the sport. After you do the first one, you know you can do it again so I want to do it many more times again.”