Mercedes will want to have a decision wrapped up sooner rather than later and now it appears that the Silver Arrows are eyeing up a shock move for rival Red Bull driver Perez.
According to BenzInsider, the Mexican is one of the drivers on Mercedes’ radar to race alongside George Russell next season.
They state: “One name has been thrown around again in the mix who might take over the empty seat of Mercedes. That is none other than the veteran driver Sergio “Checo” Perez who is currently signed with Red Bull.”
Fans may well take this news with a pinch of salt, particularly when re-visiting Toto Wolff’s previous comments on a move for Perez last year.
“It’s a complete bulls**t,” Wolff told Motorsport.com. “I never called Sergio, he’s a good guy and I respect him, but I never talked to him and I was not in contact with any other driver.
“Lewis and I, even in the face of a not-so-encouraging scenario like the beginning of this season, we are always aligned in wanting to try to make things better and to be together next year.
“And we’ve been telling each other for a couple of months that we could go on, maybe five or 10 years, right? So none of that is true.”
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