Perez 'pretty relaxed' over Ricciardo return to Red Bull

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Sergio Perez says he won't be losing any sleep next season over Daniel Ricciardo sitting in the wings at Red Bull Racing.

The 33-year-old Australian driver who parted ways with McLaren has returned to Red Bull as a reserve driver who will also assist the Milton Keynes-based outfit and its drivers with sim work and marketing activities.

Last month, at the announcement of Ricciardo's homecoming, team boss Christian Horner played down the prospect of the Aussie returning to a race seat.

"Daniel’s contract is very specific, for a specific reason," said Horner. "We have a contract with Checo for the next two years."

Nevertheless, should either Perez or Max Verstappen find themselves unable to race, Ricciardo is likely to be the team's first choice as a substitute.

Race winner Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing celebrates with third placed team mate Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing in parc ferme. 30.10.2022. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 20, Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City, Mexico, Race

But even if Perez underperforms, there's little chance the team will choose to swap the Mexican with its luxury reserve driver.

"I’m pretty relaxed," Perez told Sky Sports at Red Bull’s show run title celebration at Milton Keynes on Saturday.

"I mean, we live under a lot of pressure all the time. It doesn’t change anything from my side.

"I think it’s a great achievement for the team to have a driver like Daniel and he’s going to contribute a lot to our team.

"He’s a great guy, he’s one of the guys that I get on [with] the most in the paddock, so I think it’s just great to have Daniel in the team, and from my side doesn’t change anything."

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