Red Bull’s head of young driver development, Dr Helmut Marko, has criticised Sergio Perez’s performance at the Formula 1 French Grand Prix, and slams the Mexican driver for his recent performances including the loss of third place in France.
Sergio Perez did not do better than fourth place at the French Grand Prix. Worse still, he did not reach the podium for the third time in four races. A fall from grace after his win at Monaco. This time the Red Bull driver was caught out in the final laps by a computer glitch whilst under the virtual safety car restart.
While the race was supposed to resume, the green flag did not come out on the Red Bull dash, causing a delay. After a few seconds of waiting, the race finally resumed, allowing George Russell to surprise Sergio Perez for third place. The Mexican was caught napping…
Helmut Marko, the senior Red Bull boss who is responsible for the young drivers at the Austrian team, did not mince his words after the French Grand Prix:
“He must have slept or drank too much Tequila the night before. A podium that was stupidly lost.”
This is the second time in two races that Marko has attacked Checo Perez. In Austria, the Mexican was taken out on the first lap by George Russell, which did not please the former Austrian driver:
“We said before the start ‘don’t try the outside in this corner, it’s not possible. It was simply not necessary. We have seen this before. It doesn’t work…”
A situation that could quickly become complicated for Sergio Perez, as he announced that he was still fighting for the title, and his team-mate is putting in a string of good performances. Surely now Perez must realise he is the defacto number two in Max’s team.
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