McLaren Would Consider Sergio Perez for 2021 IndyCar Seat
If ousted Racing Point F1 driver Sergio Perez is unable to find a landing spot in Formula 1 for 2021, there may be a Plan B—IndyCar.
McLaren F1 CEO Zak Brown says that he would be interested in place Perez in the seat at McLaren in the team’s NTT IndyCar Series program.
Ousted by Racing Point in favor of Sebastian Vettel, Perez’s best options for 2021 now appear to be Alfa Romeo or Haas.
But Brown, the McLaren racing boss, thinks there is another option.
“It’s a shame that Sergio lost his place, because of the two drivers at that team, he is performing better,” Brown said. “But as we know, Sergio’s father doesn’t own the team, so when they decided to invite Vettel, it was clear that he would replace Perez.”
Brown was referring to Lawrence Stroll, Racing Point’s team owner and father to Racing Point’s other driver, Lance Stroll.
“I think (Perez) will end up at Haas or Alfa Romeo,” said Brown. “But if Sergio suddenly becomes interested in IndyCar, I would be interested to discuss it with him, because he is a great driver.”
However, Brown added that it is not simply a deal of drawing up a contract for Perez.
“We would need to find funding for three cars, so we cannot sign a contract today,” said Brown. “But given the financial support that Sergio has always had, our commercial activities and the interest that would be associated with his arrival, I think we could find a solution.”
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