F1 2023: David Coulthard warns Purple Bull’s Sergio Perez of Daniel Ricciardo risk

Sergio Perez has been warned he wants a “software program replace” with the intention to keep in entrance of Daniel Ricciardo at Purple Bull by former driver turned commentator David Coulthard.

Perez is contracted alongside two-time World Champion Max Verstappen, with Ricciardo taking the reserve position at his former staff after being pressured out of his seat at McLaren by fellow Australian Oscar Piastri, however with solely two wins final yr, Perez is within the scorching seat coming into 2023.

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The Mexican triumphed on the streets of Monaco and Singapore, however missed out on second place within the World Drivers’ Championship final yr to Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, after Verstappen (having already received the World Championship) refused to permit him via on the penultimate race of the yr in Sao Paulo.

The person dubbed the ‘excellent teammate’ for the selflessness and defence within the well-known last race of the 2021 season ordinarily could be secure along with his contract set to conclude in 2024, however with rising tensions between him and Verstappen as Purple Bull’s golden youngster, Perez might discover himself watching from the pit wall.

Relations between the 2 have been frosty after the incident in Brazil, the place Verstappen cryptically stated on staff radio that he “had (his) causes” for not permitting Perez via.

Perez, talking on the time, stated it confirmed “who he (Verstappen) actually is.”

Within the midst of the saga, Verstappen’s mom Sophie Kumpen accused Perez of being untrue to his associate in a quickly-deleted Instagram remark, referencing movies surfacing after the 32-year-old’s victory in Monaco that featured him dancing with a number of girls who weren’t his spouse.

With Purple Bull’s prior historical past of fixing staff make-up on a whim, Coulthard says Perez’s F1 future is “in his personal fingers”.

“He has entry to the info of the world champion.

“If he does, then the world championship is there for him to place his hand on.

“If he doesn’t, then he might be one other driver that received just a few grands prix.”

Purple Bull traditionally haven’t been averse to swapping teammates round their two-team arrange – Verstappen himself joined the staff from junior staff Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) in 2016 earlier than the Spanish Grand Prix, changing Russian Daniil Kvyat.

Ricciardo departed the Milton Keynes outfit in 2019, after which the revolving door of teammates for Verstappen continued – Frenchman Pierre Gasly was promoted from Toro Rosso, solely to be demoted earlier than season’s finish in favour of Thai driver Alexander Albon, who himself misplaced his place in on the finish of 2020 for Sergio Perez.

Ricciardo’s transfer to Purple Bull as a reserve, rejecting race seat provides at smaller groups Williams and Haas, has been roundly criticised throughout the F1 paddock.

Journalist Will Buxton stated: “I’d argue he stands to achieve nothing.”

Former World Champion Jenson Button additionally criticised the transfer, saying he was taking an enormous gamble on a “staff the place he thinks he can get a seat for 2024, in any other case it’s sport over since you get forgotten after a yr in F1.”

Regardless of Ricciardo’s projected A$36 million in earnings subsequent yr off the again of his McLaren payout and Purple Bull deal, his supervisor insists “none of that is about ego or unachievable calls for.”

“That is a couple of man who was dealt a nasty hand, now discovering the fitting subsequent alternative.”

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