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Helmut Marko Sends Warning to Sergio Perez After Monaco GP Hiccup Amidst Job Uncertainty at Red Bull

Anirban Aly Mandal

Helmut Marko Sends Warning to Sergio Perez After Monaco GP Hiccup Amidst Job Uncertainty at Red Bull

Sergio Perez got knocked out of Q1 during qualifying ahead of the 2024 Monaco GP. The Mexican driver will start from P18 on the grid, which is a disaster for Red Bull. The team’s chief advisor Helmut Marko wasn’t happy, and amidst mounting uncertainty about Perez’s future with the team, he issued a warning to him.

Marko said,

He [Perez] has to be closer. Now we have to analyze why it went so wrong here.”

This is the second year in a row that Perez has failed to progress to Q2 in Monaco. Moreover, it also signals a dip in form this season, as the Guadalajara-born driver failed to get into Q3 last weekend in Imola too.

Meanwhile, his teammate Max Verstappen fared better, but will still start from the third row. For Red Bull, a team that dominated F1 between 2022 and the early stages of 2024, this is an ominous sign. With overtaking a very difficult ordeal in the streets of Monaco, the race is all but lost for the Milton-Keynes-based outfit.

Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen are not happy with Red Bull’s performance at Monaco

After the qualifying session in Monaco, Perez revealed that he wasn’t happy with the RB20. Despite making several setup changes ahead of the session, he wasn’t able to get the best out of the car.

Perez also blamed traffic on his final Q1 lap, into turn six and seven, for his P18 finish. Verstappen, too, had similar feedback for the car. He struggled with it on the curbs and bumps. The 26-year-old also explained how the RB20 was not suited to race around the Principality.

Throughout qualifying, the RB20 was losing time in the last two sectors of the track. F1 expert Martin Brundle also pointed out how desperate Verstappen was to maximize his pace on the first sector heading into Saint Devote. Alas, this mistake cost the Red Bull driver a further few places.

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Anirban Aly Mandal

Anirban Aly Mandal


Anirban Aly Mandal is an F1 writer at The SportsRush, with over 1000 articles under his belt, Anirban's love for F1 started when he discovered a copy of F1 2014 on his computer. With over half a decade's worth of time spent religiously following the sport, he’s dived deep into the world of motorsports. However, Anirban's expertise goes beyond just writing - he has also written several academic papers focused on the domain of motorsports and the law. His passion for the sport is so immense that he aspires to work as a legal advisor in the most prestigious racing series in the world someday. When it comes to Formula 1, Anirban finds great pleasure in re-watching classic races and idolizes the likes of Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, and Sebastian Vettel. His top picks include Brazil '91, Silverstone '92, and Germany '19. Outside of the sport, Anirban is an avid sim racer, often found racing on titles like Assetto Corsa, F1 22, and Automobilista. Apart from his interests in gaming, Anirban has a keen interest in philosophy, literature and music.

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