Helmut Marko asks Sergio Perez to ‘forget the World Championship dream’ amidst uncertainty over the Mexican’s Red Bull future
Sergio Perez has come under a lot of pressure at the Red Bull Formula One team.
Sergio Perez and Helmut Marko (Credits: vnexplorer.net)
Helmut Marko, the Red Bull team adviser, has given an extremely harsh message to Sergio Perez ahead of the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix. Marko, keeping in mind how the Mexican’s 2023 F1 season has panned out so far, has asked him to forget about winning the F1 World Championship.
Helmut Marko has been keeping tabs on everything Sergio Perez has done so far and is unhappy with it. He feels that Perez only needs to focus on himself to start putting in consistent performances and not make the unnecessary mistakes he has made in the recent Grand Prix events.
Sergio Perez has been under the pump at Red Bull, and while the team is known for giving people wings, Marko has clipped the 33-year-old’s wings by saying, “He would have been the first Mexican in modern times to lead Formula 1. That got him off track. Then came the mistakes in qualifying.”
“Some races were good, others not so good. He should forget the world championship dream. While assessing Perez’s performance further, he said, “Don’t forget, he’s competing against Max Verstappen, It’s a good thing he survived two years there.” The 80-year-old has made strong remarks about Sergio Perez and they are surely going to hurt him.
Helmut Marko has indicated that Sergio Perez’s days could be numbered at Red Bull
While Helmut Marko has asked Sergio Perez to get his act together for the rest of the 2023 F1 campaign, he has also, on the other hand, indicated that Perez could be on his way out of the team pretty soon. He is contracted to Red Bull until the end of 2024, and Marko, while keeping this in mind, said, “Perez is already over 30 years old.”
“His initial goal was to stay here for two or three years. In any case, we also have to keep the door open for a successor.” The Milton Keynes-based team has a well-known reputation for being ruthless with its drivers, and it seems Marko, with his comments, has given an indirect warning to Perez to start putting in good performances.
The ongoing campaign is already nine rounds down, and Sergio Perez has 14 races to keep the Red Bull hierarchy on his side. Red Bull does not take much time in making concrete decisions, and if they don’t see any progress in Perez’s performances, he could get sacked by the end of the ongoing campaign.
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