Perez enjoying Marko’s brutal honesty at Red Bull: “I respect him a lot”

Sergio Perez is enjoying Helmut Marko’s brutally honest approach since joining Red Bull, saying he holds a lot of respect for the Formula 1 team’s advisor.

Perez enjoying Marko’s brutal honesty at Red Bull: “I respect him a lot”

Perez joined Red Bull for the 2021 season following his exit from Racing Point at the end of last year, having claimed his maiden grand prix victory at the Sakhir Grand Prix.

The Mexican has struggled to match team-mate Max Verstappen’s form through the early part of the year, but anticipated an adjustment period with his new team due to the limited track time available this season.

Marko has been one of the most influential figures at Red Bull through the years, rarely holding back from speaking his mind and giving forthright views on the performance of the team’s drivers.

But Perez said that he is enjoying working with Marko at Red Bull, appreciating his direct nature and feedback.

“The truth is that I am delighted with Helmut,” Perez said.

“He always tells me what he thinks. If you do well, he tells you. If you do badly, he tells you - not only to you, also externally to the press.

“He is very direct and I respect him a lot, because having someone like that in F1 is not very common.

“I think we have a good relationship. We are getting to know each other more and more.

“Normally after the race, I have calls with him, and there he tells me if I did wrong or not.”

Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Perez managed to out-qualify Verstappen at Imola, but is yet to beat his younger team-mate on race day, scoring less than half as many points over the first four races.

The adjustment process is something that Perez is still working through, believing he has made big steps forward in race trim with the Red Bull RB16B car.

“When we go to a very different track with very different conditions, that adaptation, the understanding of the car has helped me a lot, especially in racing,” Perez said.

“I think in racing is where I have improved the most, because what I was doing in the previous teams didn't work here. I had to change my approach in terms of racing. I made a big improvement in Portugal.

“My aspiration is to win. It's early in the season still, I have to be patient. I know that 10 races from now, I will know exactly where I stand and the chances I have in the championship.

“Now this is just the beginning, and there is no reason to overanalyse things. F1 seasons are quite long. It doesn't matter where you start or how you start, but how you finish in Abu Dhabi.”

Read Also:

Perez struggled to eighth place in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix after struggling with a shoulder issue, but said he has regained full fitness ahead of this weekend’s race in Monaco.

“It was a tough weekend and it was compromised by the poor performance on Saturday in qualifying,” Perez said.

“I wasn’t 100% physically so I did struggle, but I’m back to full fitness now. Looking ahead I’m getting more comfortable with the car so I hope we are able to show that in Monaco and put in a good performance on Saturday."

shares
comments

Related video

Norris reveals car damage trigged latest Q3 stumble
Previous article

Norris reveals car damage trigged latest Q3 stumble

Next article

Sainz still building confidence with Ferrari’s start system

Sainz still building confidence with Ferrari’s start system
Why Albon won't be "throwing around laptops" to gain a 2023 F1 edge Plus

Why Albon won't be "throwing around laptops" to gain a 2023 F1 edge

OPINION: At the Williams 2023 Formula 1 season launch, Alex Albon’s easy-going nature was again a point of focus. But does being “too nice” really matter in modern F1? Albon’s own expressions put that in an intriguing new light

How the last Sauber-built Alfa offers F1 2023 evolution clues Plus

How the last Sauber-built Alfa offers F1 2023 evolution clues

Alfa Romeo has become the first Formula 1 team to reveal a new car for 2023, in addition to a fresh livery. This offered a first look at some of the understated changes produced by the revised regulations, along with points of convergence in the second year of the ground effect rules

The pioneering F1 car that preceded Lotus’s terminal decline Plus

The pioneering F1 car that preceded Lotus’s terminal decline

In the hands of Ayrton Senna the actively suspended 99T would be the last F1 race-winning Lotus but, as STUART CODLING reveals, it was a complicated machine that caused more problems than it solved

Formula 1
Feb 5, 2023
How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1 Plus

How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1

Formula 1’s transformation into a global sport meant the gradual extinction for a small team determined to stay true to its low-budget roots. But Tyrrell would eventually be reborn as a world-beating outfit again, explains MAURICE HAMILTON, albeit in different colours…

Formula 1
Feb 4, 2023
Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver Plus

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Many doubted Lewis Hamilton’s move from McLaren to Mercedes for the 2013 Formula 1 season. But the journey he’s been on since has taken the Briton to new heights - and to a further six world championship titles

Formula 1
Feb 2, 2023
Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era Plus

Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

OPINION: With teams outside the top three having struggled in Formula 1 in recent seasons, the rules changes introduced in 2022 should have more of an impact this season. How well Haas does, as the poster child for the kind of team that F1 wanted to be able to challenge at the front, is crucial

Formula 1
Feb 2, 2023
The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff Plus

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

OPINION: Although the central building blocks for Mercedes’ recent, long-lasting Formula 1 success were installed before he joined the team, Toto Wolff has been instrumental in ensuring it maximised its finally-realised potential after years of underachievement. The 10-year anniversary of Wolff joining Mercedes marks the perfect time to assess his work

Formula 1
Feb 1, 2023
The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate Plus

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Alpine’s signing of Pierre Gasly alongside Esteban Ocon revives memories of a famous all-French line-up, albeit in the red of Ferrari, for BEN EDWARDS. Can the former AlphaTauri man's arrival help the French team on its path back to winning ways in a tribute act to the Prancing Horse's title-winning 1983?

Formula 1
Jan 31, 2023