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Sergio Perez: Red Bull Upgrades Suited Max Verstappen; Claims Refuted by Helmut Marko

Helmut Marko calls Sergio Perez’s claims that Red Bull’s RB18 upgrades favoured Max Verstappen “nonsense”

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Aditya Saikrishna
Aditya Saikrishna
I am 21 years old and an avid Motorsports enthusiast.

BRAZIL: Although Sergio Perez was closer to his Red Bull teammate, Max Verstappen, at the beginning of this season than he was last year, Verstappen quickly dropped the Mexican driver when his bid for the championship got underway. 

Sergio Perez thinks that’s somewhat because the changes Red Bull made to the RB18 were better suited to Max Verstappen’s style than his own. He initially voiced his displeasure in the middle of the season and continues to do so.

In interviews with media sources after the Mexico City Grand Prix, Sergio Perez expressed his thoughts the Red Bull upgrades to the RB18 suited Max Verstappen’s preferred handling styles. He added that the upgrades were less beneficial to him than his Red Bull teammate.

Red Bull’s Chief Advisor, Dr Helmut Marko, responded to Sergio Perez’s claims and termed it “nonsense.” He claimed that Red Bull’s upgrade’s sole goal was reducing the car’s weight. 

Marko adds that the car being overweight was the primary issue and was still over the minimum weight limit. When asked if weight loss was more important than aerodynamics, the Red Bull motorsport advisor responded, “Yes, the aero had nothing missing.”

Max Verstappen has already won the Drivers’ title. Meanwhile, Sergio Perez is still fighting for second place in the Drivers’ Championship.

Max Verstappen clinched the title at the Japanese Grand Prix, securing it with four races remaining. Two races later, he set a new record for the most victories in a single season, with 14 wins to his name, setting a new record.

Red Bull’s next goal is to finish 1-2 in the drivers’ standings now that the Milton Keynes-based team has clinched both the Drivers and Constructors Championships.

In the race for P2, Sergio Perez faces Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The Mexican driver leads by five points with two races remaining.

Since the summer break, neither driver has set the stage ablaze, with Verstappen dominating Sundays with six victories in seven races.

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