Sergio Perez has given his first indication that he is contemplating his future away from Red Bull when his contract expires at the end of the 2024 Formula 1 season.
Perez’s future at Red Bull has been under constant speculation in recent months following a difficult run of form, in which he has been consistently outperformed by team-mate Max Verstappen.
Verstappen led home Perez in last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix to claim a record 10th successive win, with his last defeat coming at the hands of the Mexican in Baku at the end of April.
While Red Bull boss Christian Horner has moved to ensure Perez will remain at the team next season, motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has commented in several interview that Perez’s seat is not 100% safe.
Perez said he planned to sit down with Red Bull to discuss his future plans next year, but hinted that it could result in him leaving the Milton Keynes-based outfit for a fresh challenge.
“Every year you learn new things and that’s why I like this sport so much,” Perez told DAZN España.
“You are learning things all the time. I think the most important thing is to learn from your mistakes.
“With the season we have had, it is important to hold the next races in an environment where I feel I can contribute.
“And [if] that place for 2025 is not here, we will have to look for other alternatives.
“But right now, my main focus is to be here, to win more races, to keep winning championships with Red Bull.
“I have a contract until next year and at some point next year we will sit down and talk.”
Perez currently sits second in the drivers’ championship after registering his eighth podium of 2023 at Monza, leaving him on course for his best-ever finish in the standings.