Red Bull F1 Boss Marko Takes an Uncharacteristic Stance on Sergio Perez’s Qatar GP Qualifying Performance

Published 11/21/2021, 2:46 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 6, 2021 Head of Red Bull’s driver development program Helmut Marko with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez REUTERS/Andres Stapff


Red Bull had a qualifying session full of ups and downs. On one hand, Max Verstappen was the second-fastest in qualifying – only beaten by arch-rival, Lewis Hamilton. On the other hand, Sergio Perez had a disappointing quali session as he only could secure 11th on the grid.

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The team’s advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko, has protected the Mexican driver instead of criticizing him. Marko is known to be harsh when assessing the talent of his drivers, but for Qatar Grand Prix this weekend, he defended Checo.

Helmut Marko protects Sergio Perez after a poor qualifying run

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Perez is undoubtedly one of the fastest drivers on the Formula One grid. However, for the Qatar Grand Prix, he faced obstacles that saw him exit in Q2. Instead of blaming Checo for his poor session, Marko defended him.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – 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 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

He said, as quoted by Sky Sports, “He got into traffic. He lost it in one sector. He had a bit more problems with the larger rear wing than the Max. With this changeover, he did it’s a little harder when the car is different to drive.

“Let’s see what we can do from eleventh place. ” (Translated from via Google Translate)

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Can Checo overcome the problems that await him on Sunday?

The Milton-Keynes outfit will need both their drivers to secure a good finish if they want to fight Mercedes in the constructors. But, with Checo starting eleventh on the grid for Sunday’s race, Red Bull hope he can assist Verstappen to secure maximum points for the teams’ championship.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during qualifying REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

With a few hours to go before the lights go out at the Losail International Circuit, what are your predictions for Red Bull as they prepare to battle it out in round 20 of this season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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