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In the round-up: Sergio Perez has confirmed negotiations have begun with Red Bull over a potential contract extension for 2023

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Perez confirms Red Bull negotiations for 2023

Sergio Perez has confirmed negotiations have begun with Red Bull over a potential contract extension for 2023.

Perez is racing in his second season with the Red Bull team, having received a one year contract extension for 2022. Asked whether negotiations had begun between him and the team for next season, Perez confirmed that discussions were taking place.

“Yeah we started to talk, but we are not in a hurry to get anything done soon,” said Perez.

Alfa Romeo could have beaten Mercedes without Safety Car – Pujolar

Alfa Romeo’s head of trackside engineering, Xevi Pujolar, says that Valtteri Bottas could have finished ahead of the two Mercedes on pace in the Miami Grand Prix were it not for the Safety Car intervention.

Bottas qualified fifth on the grid for the race, behind both Ferraris and Red Bulls, and was running ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the race before the Safety Car, that allowed George Russell to pit for medium tires and seventh rejoin, were he would pass both to take fifth.

Asked if Alfa Romeo had the third-fastest car around the Miami circuit, Pujolar replied “I think yes.”

“I think without the Safety Car, we were in a reasonably comfortable position there,” he explained. “Because when we were up to speed, the pace was good. Okay, we could not go anywhere because Russell was there waiting for that Safety Car that then came for him. But I think we were in a reasonably good position.

“After the Safety Car, for some reason they seemed to struggle more mid-to-end of the stints. We were struggling a bit more at the restart. We needed a few more laps to get up to speed. This is maybe a point that we will try to see what we can do in the future without affecting our, our consistency that we have. But without the Safety Car I think we were ahead of them, the two Mercedes.”

Hamilton and Russell race “how team mates should race”, says Wolff

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says he is “really happy” with how Hamilton and Russell are racing each other so far in 2022.

Russell overtook Hamilton twice in Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix after his first pass on Hamilton was deemed to be outside of track limits. Wolff says that he is pleased with the dynamic between his two drivers so far.

“I’m really happy about the two of them, how they interact, how respectfully they do about with each other,” Wolff said.

“Even a situation where they race each other and where it’s getting a bit ‘I’m not leaving you room’, ‘okay then, I’m going to find another way’, and then you give the position back – I think this is how the two of them, how team mates should race each other. And that’s okay.”

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