Sergio Perez mentioned he had no indication from Racing Level that he is not going to proceed past 2020 till group boss Lawrence Stroll referred to as him on Wednesday.
Perez, who had a contract till the tip of 2022, confirmed his departure on Wednesday night earlier than Racing Level introduced Sebastian Vettel’s arrival on Thursday morning. Perez mentioned the information got here out of the blue.
“Mainly I acquired a affirmation yesterday,” Perez mentioned. “No one advised me something however I already knew and found out a few issues.
“The ultimate affirmation got here yesterday. And it is tremendous — seven years with the group. Every thing has a starting and in addition an finish and we nonetheless have 9 races to make one another very proud.”
When requested how he came upon, he mentioned: “I acquired a name from Lawrence. He advised me yesterday that they’re going in a special course.”
Perez had been constant in his perception that he can be driving for the group in 2021, regardless of being conscious of the rumours about Vettel.
“Yeah, that was the suggestions I used to be getting that all the pieces was trying… that the group needed to maintain me and so forth. There have been some discussions within the background about contracts and so forth which I’m not keen to reveal as a result of I feel these issues ought to stay between the group and myself.
“However there have been a few issues within the contract that we went by way of and so they simply formally advised me yesterday that I’m not persevering with. I did not count on that however it’s how it’s.”
Perez mentioned he has no plan B but and his F1 choices are restricted, with Haas and Alfa Romeo trying like the one logical candidates if he desires to remain within the collection.
Requested if he was upset with the timing of Racing Level’s determination, he mentioned: “I would not say upset in that regard as a result of clearly I perceive the group has the negotiations happening and so they took in all probability longer than I assumed.
“In all probability a bit extra readability would have helped concerning my future as properly as a result of then I’d have seemed for a plan B, which in all probability would not have modified something. I have been lengthy sufficient on this enterprise… it is a part of this loopy world referred to as F1.”