Marko: Sakhir GP Win Has No Influence on Sergio Perez Scoring Red Bull Seat for ’21

December 10, 2020 11:10 pm

Sergio Perez is the apple of the Formula 1 community’s eyes right now. From having the powerful support of fans behind him since his unfair dismissal from Racing Point to winning his maiden race at Sakhir GP, he is riding on a high.

The Mexican is still without a race seat for next year. However, given Albon’s dismal run in the other Red Bull, he has huge backing behind him to replace the Thai driver. He did his chance no harm by clinching an astonishing win in Sakhir.

However, Red Bull advisor, Helmut Marko, won’t let that cloud his judgment.

“Sergio Perez’ victory in Bahrain has no influence on our decision. We already knew the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates for the cockpit before. After the last race in Abu Dhabi, we will sit down together and then make the best possible decision.”

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 05: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul talk on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 05, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The Austrian is notoriously blunt and difficult to impress. He and Red Bull, as a whole, have always preferred to promote their own academy drivers than look elsewhere.

This approach means that the impressive George Russell doesn’t have a shot with them for 2021 or in the near future. The Englishman has an association with Mercedes.

Ruling him out, Marko said“First of all, he is a Mercedes driver, and second, he is managed by Toto Wolff. He told us incidentally that he has a ten-year contract with Wolff. That is something we cannot accept for our drivers. On top we ourselves have young drivers whom we want to develop and who also have great talent.”

Marko congratulated Sergio Perez on race victory

In a hearty gesture, he sent his congratulations to Perez. The Mexican driver appreciated that, saying, “I had congratulations messages pretty much from most of the team bosses in F1, including Helmut, so it was nice to have that.”

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

Does this hint at something? Not really. Marko is as straightforward and brutally honest a man as you can get in F1. Though fans will love to see Perez with Red Bull, we can count on the team to assess all options before making a decision. May the most deserving driver get the seat.

Bharat Aggarwal

Bharat Aggarwal works as a multi-sports author for EssentiallySports. His interests in sports include but are not limited to NBA and Formula 1. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of commerce, Delhi University. He has previously worked as a sports copywriter and social media handler for Multiple Cricket gaming apps.

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