However, Red Bull's team principal, Christian Horner, has provided assurance that Perez will not lose his seat solely on the basis of not securing second place in the drivers' championship.
"There's no pre-mandate like that,” Horner said. “We've never finished first and second in a championship. We've finished first and third a few times with Mark [Webber] and Sebastian [Vettel] and we did it last year with Max and Checo.
"With this car it'll be fantastic for in such a season that we've had to finish it first and second. But there's no pre-mandate on Checo that says, 'You have to finish second or you won't be driving the car next year' that's never been discussed.”
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