Helmut Marko Praises Sergio Pérez's Best Season Yet After Chinese GP Qualifying

Red Bull advisor praises Sergio Pérez's impressive start to the 2024 F1 season, with the Mexican driver currently second in the title race. Pérez's strong performances have strengthened his position within the team as they consider his contract renewal.

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Helmut Marko Praises Sergio Pérez's Best Season Yet After Chinese GP Qualifying

Helmut Marko Praises Sergio Pérez's Best Season Yet After Chinese GP Qualifying

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has praised Sergio 'Checo' Pérez's performance in the current Formula 1 season, stating that the Mexican driver is having his finest campaign to date. Pérez secured second place in the qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit, finishing just 0.322 seconds behind his teammate Max Verstappen, who took pole position.

Marko's comments highlight Pérez's strong start to the season, with the driver currently second in the title race, 15 points behind Verstappen. "Checo is having his best season so far," Marko said. "He has a new frame of mind, being relaxed while maintaining full focus, which is reflected in his strong performances."

Pérez's second-place qualifying result was a significant achievement for the Red Bull team, as it marked their 100th pole position in Formula 1. Marko expressed his satisfaction with the team's performance, noting that Verstappen and Pérez were dominant in both the Sprint and qualifying sessions.

Why this matters: Pérez's impressive performances have strengthened his position within the Red Bull team as they consider whether to renew his expiring contract or bring in new talent for the 2025 season and beyond. The Mexican driver's success also adds excitement to the championship battle, as he challenges his teammate and reigning world champion Max Verstappen.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner also praised Pérez's performance, saying he is driving the car well and his confidence is growing. Horner admitted that the team got a bit lucky in their tactical decision to have Pérez try and get through to Q2 on used tires during the qualifying session. With Pérez's strong form and the dominant performance of the RB20 car, Red Bull looks set to continue their success in the 2024 Formula 1 season.

Key Takeaways

  • Helmut Marko praises Sergio Pérez's finest F1 season so far.
  • Pérez finished 2nd in Chinese GP qualifying, just behind teammate Verstappen.
  • Pérez is 2nd in the title race, 15 points behind Verstappen.
  • Pérez's strong form strengthens his position for Red Bull contract renewal.
  • Red Bull dominates Chinese GP with 100th F1 pole position.