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Is Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez headed for IndyCar?

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Sergio Perez will not be back with Racing Point in Formula 1 next year, and he could find a seat in the NTT IndyCar Series

He is in his tenth year in Formula 1, and there is a chance he may not be back for an eleventh. Once Racing Point signed Sebastian Vettel for 2021 and beyond, Sergio Perez announced he would not be back with the team that will rebrand as Aston Martin. The 30-year old has been with SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team and its predecessor, Sahara Force India F1 Team for the last seven seasons.

According to Motorsport.com, Perez could make a move to America’s open-wheel series, IndyCar, because there is interest. McLaren, which also competes in F1, moved into a full-time status in IndyCar with a partnership with Arrow McLaren SP, formerly Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. In that report, McLaren would “definitely be interested” in talking to the Mexican driver.

STAY OR GO?

There has been speculation that Perez could stay in the series with Alfa Romeo or Haas F1 if a seat opened up, but that is not a guarantee he will find the kind of interest Arrow McLaren SP has. The team ran two cars in 2020 with Patricio O’Ward, who had three podiums and a pole this year, and rookie Oliver Askew. It added a third car for Fernando Alonso to run in the Indianapolis 500, so the question is, could it, or will it add a third car for Perez?

Stating he has no “Plan B” for 2021 and had hoped to stay in F1, but the lure of driving for Arrow McLaren SP could draw him closer to his native Guadalajara, Mexico. While competing in the British Formula 3 Championship, he moved to Oxford, England.

Perez missed one race because of a positive COVID-19 test and replaced by Nico Hulkenberg. The German was unable to compete in the first half of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, officially finishing 20th. In race two, he ended up seventh.

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