Both Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg are tough enough to survive as team mate to Max Verstappen at Red Bull, according to Racing Point CEO Otmar Szafnauer.Sebastian Vettel in the team at the end of the year. Nico Hulkenberg, who has driven as a substitute for Racing Point three times this year, is also a free agent for 2021.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has admitted he is considering bringing in someone from outside their young driver programme to replace Alexander Albon as Verstappen’s team mate next year. Verstappen has developed a formidable reputation after emphatically beating both Albon and his predecessor, Pierre Gasly.
Szafnauer believes both Perez and Hulkenberg would fare better at Red Bull. “Both of them have the mental capacity and the mental toughness to fit in alongside Max,” he said, “both of them.”
The fact two Racing Point drivers have been linked to Red Bull demonstrates the quality of signings they have made “in the past and hopefully in the future too, including Lance and Seb”, said Szafnauer.
“We pride ourselves in picking good drivers,” he continued. “I think looking back historically even – and it had nothing to do with me, I’m not taking credit – but even in the Jordan says, Michael [Schumacher] was the first to drive for Eddie [Jordan], Eddie picked good drivers.
“And in the Force India days, too. I remember when I first came here, I didn’t choose them, but Adrian Sutil was really quick. We had some good drivers here.”
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