Surely if he beats Stroll then the latter should go, or both?
Personally I don't see why Perez should go. He's still performing up to F1 standard.
Perez only function imho is as a great benchmark. He is a very good solid driver imho but the odds of him processing to a top team are close to zero. I don’t see it happening. And that can be said for multiple drivers though. It is in no way a complaint about Perez. But in no way is staying at his team going to help his carreer much.
- He wins his teambattle by much: Big deal, its against Stroll.
- He wins his teambattle by a little: OMG Perez isn’t as good as we thought he be.
- He loses his teambattle: OMG Daddy Stroll is sabotaging Perez.
Either way unless the Force India of next year becomes an amazing car compared to last year (which imho I doubt) and Perez gets equal treatment (which imho I doubt also, not saying Sabotage but expect upgrades to go on Strolls car first). I just don’t see him progress. If he performs better than precious years people would point at the car if performs worse or stroll is too close to him it is him.
Anyway that I would like some drivers to move on in many cases isn’t a complaint about a driver it is just that I rather see a talented new driver or even Ocon to freshen it up a bit more
From the drivers outside the top 3 teams with much experience I can only see drivers like Hulkenberg and/or Ricciardo move up. Sainz as as slight maybe but he needs an impressive year at Mclaren first. Others like Grosjean, Magnussen don’t have that prospect. Kimi is also on his way out but he is on his farewell run with the team that started it all and he is a former WDC. I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened at Ferrari with either driver that he would do a temporal return.