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Marko left unimpressed by "summer break" Perez

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30/07/2022

For the third successive race weekend, Helmut Marko has criticised Sergio Perez' performance, claiming the Mexican appeared to be on "summer break mode".

Speaking in France after Perez was caught out by George Russell at the restart that followed the safety car, thereby losing the final podium place to the Mercedes driver, Marko suggested the Mexican had been drunk.

"Checo was sleeping at the restart," he told Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung. "Maybe he drank tequila yesterday."

This followed criticism of the driver at the previous race in Austria, following the early move on George Russell in which the pair clashed and subsequently led to the Mexican having to retire due to the damage incurred.

"We said before the start 'don't go around the outside in that corner, it is not possible'," Marko told Sky Sport Germany at the time.

Now, speaking after Perez failed to make it into Q3, leaving him starting the Hungarian Grand Prix from eleventh, just behind his teammate, Marko has once again piled into the Mexican.

"He is too far behind Max Verstappen at the moment," he told Sky Sport Germany. "He was struggling in all the practice sessions, so we will have to sit down with each other.

"The summer break hasn't started yet, but he already seems to be in that mode," he added.

"We need to speak to him and he needs to stick to Verstappen's set-ups and be there from first practice. If you're a second slower in first free practice, you don't catch up.

"We saw that in some races last year as well. We managed to eradicate that then, so we have to make sure we counter that again."

With Red Bull's Lord High Executioner not known for his patience, and sections of the media appearing to begin criticising Perez - who has a contract keeping him at the Austrian outfit until 2024 - one has to wonder if Marko has other ideas.

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1. Posted by JamesD, 31/07/2022 11:12

"Helmut has obviously never heard of "Praise in public, bollock in the boardroom""

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2. Posted by Chester, 31/07/2022 10:34

"Sergio did a fine job earlier in the season. Not sure Marko rebuking him will work. If Red Bull wanted both drivers always at the front, they should have hired Alonso."

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3. Posted by Editor, 31/07/2022 8:37

"Motorsport-fan

Of course, there's always AlphaTauri"

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4. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 31/07/2022 8:34

"Did seem strange why they gave Checo such a long contract, its not like Red Bull needed the sponsor money he brings, I guess Red Bull are in a position to pay him off to break the contract if required or invoke the dreaded "performance clause" its a difficult position being a number two. "

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5. Posted by Greg, 31/07/2022 8:25

"Blind eye Marko. Max is the number 1 and that's that "

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6. Posted by Mad Matt, 31/07/2022 7:55

"I can't remember so many comments about Max when he was behind Sergio, nor so much criticism when Max has made mistakes in the past....."

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