Helmut Marko, Red Bull F1’s motorsports adviser, believes Sergio Perez has proved that the team’s contract with him was the “right decision.”
Sergio Perez joined the Red Bull Honda F1 this year, but Max Verstappen had the upper hand almost every weekend in qualifying. However, in the race, he showed a good run with his own tenacity and supported Verstappen.
Sergio Perez, who won his first victory at the F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix after transferring to Red Bull Honda F1, won the 2022 contract with a performance that impressed the team later in the season.
Helmut Marko praises Sergio Perez’s work over Lewis Hamilton at the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. As a result, Max Verstappen narrowed the gap with Hamilton, resulting in a reversal in the final lap.
“There were ups and downs in the Czech Republic,” Helmut Marko told Formel1.de.
“One of the weaknesses was qualifying. Starting from the 8th, 9th, or 11th, it takes too long to be able to support Max, which means that the possibility of undercuts is eliminated.”
“But in Abu Dhabi he did an ideal job and helped Max get this victory a lot. A similar situation in Turkey where it took him a long time to hold Hamilton and overtake Perez. remember”
Before Sergio Perez was confirmed as the successor to Alex Albon, there was a whirlwind of talk that he or Nico Hulkenberg could take Albon’s position after the end of the season.
Helmut Marko admits that Nico Hulkenberg could have won a seat in Red Bull F1 and that Sergio Perez’s qualifying performance wasn’t up to date at the time.
That said, Helmut Marko feels that choosing Sergio Perez as Max Verstappen’s partner was a success.
“It’s hard to say because I didn’t put Hülkenberg on the car, but Perez showed that he had an incredible experience when everything was right for him, and in many races. I drove at Max. “
“It worked because the starting position was bad, but overall it was the right decision.”
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