Red Bull Implements Tactical PU Change for Sergio Perez After Latest Q1 Exit

Q1 Exit Prompts Tactical Move Amid Form Slump

Sergio Perez underperforming Red Bull clause that could see him replaced  this season

In a strategic decision following another Q1 setback, Sergio Perez will commence the British Grand Prix from the pit lane. Red Bull opted to install a fresh power unit for the Mexican driver after he failed to advance in qualifying at Silverstone.

Perez’s recent form downturn, reminiscent of last season’s struggles after a promising start to F1 2024, saw him slide off track during Q1 at Copse, ending up beached in the gravel. This marks his third Q1 exit in the past five rounds.

Starting from P19 on the grid, Red Bull’s decision to introduce new power unit components—comprising a new internal combustion engine, energy store, control electronics, and exhaust—necessitated the pit-lane start at Silverstone.

However, this move pushes Perez beyond the season’s component limits, with his fifth internal combustion engine exceeding the permitted four. Similarly, his third energy store and control electronics surpass the allowable two each, though his sixth exhaust remains within regulation.

As Perez faces challenges on track and breaches in component use, speculation mounts over his future in the Red Bull seat.

Question: Is Sergio Perez’s Red Bull seat at risk?