Helmut Marko has taken a dig at former Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly by comparing him to current driver Sergio Perez.
Perez is slowly starting to adapt to life at Red Bull, but it’s still not at the level of the constructor. The Mexican doesn’t seem to match teammate Max Verstappen’s pace, especially in qualifying. He has only got one top 3 finish in qualification so far.
But Perez has been performing well, and has finished in the top five in almost every race this season. Red Bull’s lead in the Constructors’ Championship is mainly down to Verstappen, but Perez has contributed as well. Checo is also fifth in the WDC, and could well climb up.
As mentioned earlier, Perez has been solid, yet not spectacular. Maybe he needs more time to adapt. Everyone knows what a fully-firing Perez is capable of.
Marko understands the gap between the two Red Bull drivers. However, he is fully confident of Perez’s abilities, and believes he will rise to Red Bull’s demanded standards. On Auto Motor und Sport, the Austrain spoke highly of Perez.
“Perez is getting better and better,” he said.
Marko then took the opportunity to compare the differences between Perez and Gasly, taking a dig at the latter.
“Perez doesn’t want to reinvent the car, like Gasly,” he said. “Instead, he looks at Max, analyses his laps and sees where he needs to improve.”
Rising to the occasion
Perez has achieved solid results in the season so far. If he was racing for any other constructor other than Red Bull or Mercedes, he would be in everyone’s radar. However, he races for Red Bull, and as such, there is still scope for improvement.
Next week, F1 heads to Azerbaijan. With Red Bull locking horns with Mercedes on a driver and a team front, Perez’s results will be key.