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Has Perez brought Red Bull's days of embracing youth to an end?

When Red Bull took the decision to replace Alex Albon with Sergio Perez at the end of 2020, it wasn’t merely a change of driver. It also represented a change of policy, the Formula 1 equivalent of throwing the bathwater out with the baby, as for the first time since 2007 – long before the glory days of grand prix victories and World Championships with Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull would be welcoming an outsider into the team. It wasn’t a decision Red Bull made lightly and, in truth, one they really wanted to resist, with Albon given as much time as possible to prove his worth and Perez’s arrival not confirmed until five days after the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. But...
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