Max and Checo Red Bull's new dream team as Perez scoops Alex Albon's seat for 2021 - reports

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez
Mark Sutton

• Sergio Perez won his first grand prix race of his F1 career at the 2020 Sakhir GP.
• The Mexican driver has been confirmed as Red Bull's new driver alongside Max Verstappen in 2021.
• Alex Albon has been dropped to reserve driver for the team. 
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Red Bull has confirmed the rumours, Mexican driver Sergio Perez will drive for Red Bull alongside Max Verstappen in 2021.

Perez will replace Alexander Albon at the Red Bull Formula One team next season, according to media reports on Thursday, and confirmed by the team on Friday afternoon (18 December).

The Speedweek website, owned by Red Bull's Media House, reported Perez had signed to replace the Thai youngster alongside Max Verstappen, and the announcement would be made on Friday.

It said Albon would drop to the role of reserve driver and work in the simulator.

The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, which has close ties with Verstappen, reported the same.

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There was no immediate comment from Red Bull.

Perez, a race winner in Bahrain this month, has lost his seat at Racing Point (Aston Martin) to four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel.Albon has failed to match Verstappen's performances this season, with the Dutch driver winning two races and finishing third overall.

The 30-year-old Perez, the first Mexican to win a grand prix in 50 years, finished fourth. He had indicated he would take a sabbatical next year if he failed to find another F1 seat.

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