Sergio Perez gets one-year contract extension with Red Bull, concentrates on finishing third in points

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Sergio Perez will spend at least one more season with Red Bull Racing after receiving a one-year contract extension during the Belgian GP weekend.

“It’s good to waste zero energy on that,” Perez said at “Knowing what I’m doing next year and just focus on this season.”

Perez will once again team with Max Verstappen, who is embroiled in a battle with Lewis Hamilton for the 2020 Drivers Championship

And while Perez is currently 91 points out of first and 83 behind second-place Verstappen, the battle for third in the standings is tight. Lando Norris currently holds the spot with 113 points. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, is five markers behind Norris. Perez is four more points down in fifth having earned 104 points. That is nearly double the production of Alexander Albon, the driver he replaced, at this stage of 2020.

“I’m really happy to be continuing with a great team like Red Bull into the new era of Formula 1 and it’s a great opportunity for me,” Perez said. “Everyone starts from zero next year with the new regulations, so my only goal is to go all the way to the top with Red Bull.”

But to make a charge at third in the 2020 standings, Perez will need to reverse a recent trend in which he has failed to score points in his last two races. A decision to pit late at Silverstone cost him a possible points’ paying effort and he crashed on the opening lap in Hungary.

Already aware that he would not rejoin Racing Point last year, Perez scored his first Formula 1 victory in the Bahrain GP.

He earned scored a second win this June after Verstappen cut a tire late in the Azerbaijan GP and crashed heavily.

With the contract extension, Red Bull is scheduled to start the 2021 season with the same driver lineup for two consecutive years – the first time they have done so since 2018.

“We have so much more to achieve together and we still have a great challenge on our hands this season so I really hope we can finish the year on a high and carry that momentum into 2022,” Perez said.

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,