After flipping several drivers between lead and junior teams in recent years, Red Bull’s preference is still Albon and Horner who added: “We want Alex to claim that seat and justify that there is no need to look at any other alternative.”
Perez, however, is not only a top talent but also comes with a sizeable budget via his array of sponsors which could be key to Red Bull given its desire to take over the Honda engine project at the end of next year.
Hülkenberg, meanwhile, is one of the most highly rated drivers never to get his big break and many fans would love to see the German facing up to Dutchman Verstappen in front-end machinery next season.
But there is no room for either at Racing Point next year, when the team will be re-named Aston Martin, as Sebastian Vettel joins from Ferrari and Lance Stroll is the son of team owner Lawrence.
Szafnauer rates both drivers very highly, and added: “I think in the past, and hopefully in the future too, including Lance and Seb, we pride ourselves in picking good drivers.“
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