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F1 Rumour: Sergio Perez To Announce Early Retirement At Mexican Grand Prix

It has been rumoured that Sergio Perez will be leaving Red Bull at the end of the 2023 season, at which point he will retire from Formula One.
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Update: Sources close to Sergio Perez have denied these rumours. 

Whispers of Sergio Perez's impending retirement swirl following a candid revelation from a figure connected to Escudería Telmex, which Perez is a member of, during a casual gathering. As usual, it's only a rumour, so take this with a pinch of salt. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Unverified reports suggest Red Bull has informed Perez that his contract will not extend into 2024, prompting the driver and his team to contemplate his future in F1 amidst a notably challenging season.
  • With limited available slots and a reputation allegedly impacted by recent performances, options for Perez’s continuance elsewhere in F1 appear constricted despite the potential allure of his sponsorship package.
  • The narrative indicates that Perez, considering his expansive career and growing family, is leaning towards concluding his F1 journey, with an announcement speculated to be slated for the Mexican Grand Prix.

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An individual reportedly linked with Escudería Telmex, shared some potentially momentous news regarding Sergio 'Checo' Perez. The disclosure, which transpired during a casual dinner after a day at the track, hints at a curtain call on the Mexican driver's career, according to a recount from a Reddit post.

"He's been doing this for a long time and his family keeps growing and growing," was a poignant note amidst the informal spill of information that has since cascaded into the realm of F1 rumours. The relayed conversations suggest that Perez, after being allegedly informed by Red Bull of their decision not to retain him beyond 2023, and facing a landscape where vacant seats are a rarity, is contemplating a graceful exit from the sport.

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Discussions, which reportedly took place between the Japanese and Qatar Grands Prix, illustrate a picture of Perez and his team accepting the realities of his F1 tenure. The source mused:

"During the off weekend between Japan and Qatar, Sergio and his team came to the conclusion that it was time to end his Formula 1 career."

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Notably, the teller of this narrative remains anonymous and emphasises that this information, while delivered with an air of authenticity, cannot be substantiated with proof and should be taken "with a grain of salt."

Moreover, the purported leak does not only dwell on the end but hints at a farewell poised to be etched in memory, suggesting the Mexican Grand Prix organisation, potentially privy to this information via Escudería Telmex, might be crafting a commemorative send-off for Perez during the event in three weeks’ time.

We have reached out to Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez for clarification.

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