In a surprising turn of events, Red Bull Racing’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has weighed in on the performance gap between his two drivers, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, during the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
During the final race of the 2021 season, Perez was able to out-qualify and out-race Verstappen by two-tenths of a second, leading to questions about the difference in pace between the two drivers. Marko has now shed some light on the matter, offering an explanation for Perez’s faster performance.
According to Marko, Perez’s superiority on the Yas Marina Circuit can be attributed to the car setup and tire management. He stated that Perez’s driving style, combined with the car’s setup, allowed him to extract more performance from the car over a single lap, giving him the edge over Verstappen.
Furthermore, Marko emphasized that Perez’s experience and understanding of tire management played a crucial role in his faster pace during the race. He highlighted that Perez was able to maintain consistent lap times and manage tire degradation better than Verstappen, resulting in a significant performance advantage.
Marko’s comments provide valuable insight into the dynamics within the Red Bull Racing team and the factors contributing to the performance gap between their drivers. With Verstappen and Perez set to continue as teammates in the upcoming season, their performance dynamics will undoubtedly be closely monitored by both fans and the team alike.
As the 2022 season approaches, it will be interesting to see how Verstappen and Perez’s performances compare and evolve, and whether Perez’s impressive showing in Abu Dhabi will translate into continued success on the race track.