Perez helped guide the team under its former guise as Force India through a controlled administration that saw it taken over by a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll.

This season, Racing Point has enjoyed a surge in competitiveness with its RP20 heavily influenced by the 2019 Mercedes W10. The team looked to be the third-quickest car at points during both weekends at the Red Bull Ring.

Perez echoed the viewpoint of the team that having a driver like Vettel associated with the team speaks to how it has improved in recent seasons.

“This team has taken a good step forward. It’s good to have big names related to the team because that means that we are making a good job, we’re making progress and I think the team should be proud of it. I’ve been in Formula 1 for 10 years so I’m used to this stuff.

“I think he is obviously a big name in the sport, he has done a lot during his career.

“There is no secret that he’s been extremely lucky as well to have great machinery throughout his career. But no one can take any credit from the successful career he’s had. So I think he’s definitely a good name to have in a team.”

Team-mate Lance Stroll was sat alongside Perez facing the media at the Hungaroring, and was fairly dismissive of the speculation surrounding the team and its driver line-up for next season.

“It’s part of the circus I guess. It’s all part of the silly season rumours and so on, kind of as expected,” Stroll said.

“It’s all part of the fun. I think it’s normal and we’re looking really competitive at the moment, so I’m sure there will be a lot to talk about. We’ll just have to see what happens down the line.”


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