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"A very bad day with a bad performance," says Marko of Perez's Imola outing

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21/04/2021

Helmut Marko admits his displeasure at Sergio Perez' Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, labelling the Mexican's performance as "a very bad day".

Having consistently given Alex Albon the benefit of the doubt throughout 2020, even when much of the media had already made up its mind, it might be perceived as ominous that Red Bull's Helmut Marko is already critical of Sergio Perez.

While the Austrian labelled Perez' debut for the team in Bahrain "sensational", he was pulling no punches after the Mexican's second outing.

Following a poor start, which saw him passed by Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, Perez managed to re-pass the Ferrari driver before losing the position again after going off at Piratella.

Rejoining the track after the incident, he overtook Daniel Riccardo and Pierre Gasly behind the Safety Car, for which he received a 10s penalty.

Working his way back to fourth, he served his penalty at the first stop and rejoined in fifth, maintaining the position until red flag that followed the Bottas/Russell clash.

On lap 37 however, he made another unforced error at Tosa which saw him off and in the gravel, and by the time he got going again he was down in 14th.

"It started well in qualifying," Marko told Servus TV. "Suddenly, out of nowhere, he drives the second-best time. Then we thought that everything would fit.

"I think he didn't manage to get the tyres up to temperature right away like Max did," he added, in reference to the race.

"Of course, 11th place is more than annoying," he admitted.

"Above all, the spin at the restart cost him everything," said the Austrian. "Basically, it was a very bad day with a bad performance."

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1. Posted by F1 Yank, 27/04/2021 20:43

"It's too early in the season to be making comments like this especially when you want your driver lineup to make the most of their performance. Positive yields more gain than negative."

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2. Posted by USAF1genius, 24/04/2021 16:40

"Sounds like he graduated from Trump University. Speak....then think..."

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3. Posted by TSGoodchild, 24/04/2021 10:40

"He is the epitome of the worst type of leader you want in a business. I would actively choose not to work for a company who spouts out such emotive garbage on an employee of his. Maybe removing him would see the RedBull team able to flourish with two drivers. A recent podcast from Tom Clarkson's Beyond the Grid with 4 long-serving members of Team Brackley (BAR, Honda, Brawn, Merc) showed the importance of company culture - something RedBull does not have. Unless you are Max Verstappen. "

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4. Posted by kenji, 22/04/2021 1:13

"Marko is everything that someone in his position shouldn't be. I'm sure that he uses the press to re inforce his messages to the driver but comments like those are best kept internal. Perez has been around long enough to know what went wrong without his boss trashing him in public. Two races in, in a strange car, is hardly long enough to be at one with your machine. "

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5. Posted by moonrover, 21/04/2021 20:04

"why he keeps talkin' about a
obvious things?"

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6. Posted by Roli, 21/04/2021 18:51

"Seems to me that to be the No2 driver for Red Bull is a poisoned chalice. Wander what Perez thinks of his comments?"

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