SERGIO PEREZ is now ODDS-ON favourite to be Max Verstappen's Red Bull teammate, replacing Alex Albon.
The Mexican is racing to keep his F1 career alive and finished second in the Turkish GP to prove he is capable of making the step up to Red Bull.
Perez will lose his seat to Sebastian Vettel next season when Racing Point turn into Aston Martin, and he has admitted Red Bull is his only option.
Betfair have Perez at 8/11 after he finished second behind Lewis Hamilton, who clinched his historic seventh world title.
He's now narrowly ahead of Albon in the market who is priced at EVENS.
Albon said he thought he was on to win the Turkish GP before a spin led to him finishing in a disappointing seventh place.
The London-born Thai driver is battling for his seat at Red Bull and has only three races left of the season to convince Red Bull he's the right man.
Who will be Max Verstappen's teammate next year?
- Sergio Perez: 8/11
- Alex Albon: EVENS
- George Russell 16/1
- Nico Hulkenberg 25/1
- Kevin Magnussen 50/1
- Lewis Hamilton 100/1
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Perez believes Red Bull is his only chance of being in F1 next season.
He told Sky Sports: "I definitely see it that way.
"I want to continue in F1 but I always said, it has to be the right project, the right package and everything has to click.
"It's not like my first or second year in the sport, I've done 10 years in it so as much as I want to continue, I know it has to be the right package to carry on."
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