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Sergio Perez will leave Racing Point as Sebastian Vettel mulls future

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Sergio Perez will be leaving Racing Point after the season, opening up a potential destination for four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.

Perez, 30, was in his seventh season with the team known as Force India when he joined in 2014. Perez, who made his debut with Sauber in 2011 and finished second twice in ’12, had five third-place finishes with Racing Point.

In a post on Twitter, Perez said he had no Plan B but hoped to stay in Formula One and “I hope I can give you some good news real soon.

“It hurts a bit as I bet on the team during very rough times,” Perez posted. “We managed to overcome obstacles, and I am very proud of saving the jobs of several of my teammates.”

Speculation on the replacement for Perez to team with Lance Stroll undoubtedly will fall on Vettel, who is leaving Ferrari after six seasons.

Vettel has said he is prepared to walk away from F1 if no competitive rides materialized, but Racing Point has emerged as an option with its resurgence this season. Vettel has had informal talks with the team.

Stroll tied a career best with a third place this past Sunday at Monza and has scored points in five of eight races this season.

Perez missed two races after contracting COVID-19, but he also has finished no lower than 10th in his six starts.

In a statement, team principal Otmar Szafnauer said, “Checo has been part of the Silverstone family for seven years and in that time has become one of the most complete drivers on the grid.

‍”Blisteringly quick on Saturday and Sunday, he’s established his reputation as a tenacious racer and together we have enjoyed some fantastic moments. If there was ever a sniff of a podium, Checo was ready to pounce, and those five podiums represent some of the finest days in the history of this team.

“Outside of the car, Checo is a true character and a good friend, and it’s been a pleasure working with him for such a long time. Although we will say goodbye at the end of the year, there are still nine races to go and plenty of opportunities for Checo to make some more special memories with this team.”


Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.