Helmut Marko leaves first message to “Checo” Pérez: “He has to get Verstappen out of his head” – La Opinion

Helmut Marko leaves first message to “Checo” Pérez: “He has to get Verstappen out of his head” – La Opinion

One of the main critics who had Sergio “Checo” Pérez During the 2023 Formula 1 season he was nothing more and nothing less than the advisor to the Red Bull team, Helmut Marko, who in 2024 did not take long to launch the first message for the Mexican driver.

After seeing his performance in the official preseason tests in Bahrain, The former Austrian driver left his impression on the performance of “Checo” Pérez at the helm of the new RB20 ahead of the start of the season next weekend with the Bahrain Grand Prix.

In an interview with Auto Motor and Sport, Helmut Marko highlighted that the Mexican must focus more on his work and try to improve the distance with his teammate and three-time F1 champion, Max Verstappen, who overtook him by an average of six or seven tenths per lap in the tests.

The Mexican Sergio "Czech" Pérez walking with his teammate, the Dutchman Max Verstappen in Bahrain.
Mexican Sergio “Checo” Pérez walking with his teammate, the Dutch Max Verstappen during official preseason training in Bahrain (Frank Augstein/AP Photo).
Credit: Frank Augstein | AP

“Sergio Pérez needs to get Max out of his head to promote his own program”considered Helmut Marko, who during the last F1 season constantly questioned the performance of “Checo” who ultimately ended up taking the runner-up position for the first time in his career.

The 34-year-old Mexican driver is in what will be the last year of his current contract with the Red Bull team and seeks to have a good performance in the 2024 F1 season that is about to begin with his mind set on getting an extension for continue on the team for 2025.

And although in these official tests Sergio “Checo” Pérez had a good feeling with the RB20, even having a faster lap than his teammatethere is still a lot to define to be in tune for next Sunday when the Bahrain Grand Prix will take place.

The Mexican pilot Sergio "Czech" Pérez has had good feelings during the official preseason tests in Bahrain.
The Mexican driver Sergio “Checo” Pérez has had a good feeling at the helm of the new RB20 during the official preseason tests that took place in Bahrain. (Darko Bandic/AP Photo)
Credit: Darko Bandic | AP

With changes to the brakes?

During the three days of official tests that were recently carried out in Bahrain, the Red Bull team was testing some changes to the brakes using Brembo carbon discs, which they alternated with the ones they have been using lately, those from Carbon Industrie.

According to several reports, the Austrian team would be evaluating opting for the option of Italian discs after taking into account the data collected by the team’s engineers. as well as the good feelings shown by Max Verstappen and Sergio “Checo” Pérez.

One of the advantages that could convince Red Bull is that with the Italian discs the issue of cooling (very important in Bahrain) can be better utilized since the Italian carbon allows them to have more stability throughout the entire race. of race week.

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– Fernando Alonso, from the Aston Martin team, considers the Red Bull of Max Verstappen and Sergio “Checo” Pérez unbeatable

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