Helmut Marko rubbishes Sergio Perez’s claims RB18 was upgraded to go well with Max : PlanetF1

Helmut Marko says Sergio Perez’s claims Pink Bull’s upgrades for the RB18 favoured his team-mate Max Verstappen are “nonsense”.

Though Perez was nearer to his Dutch team-mate at the start of this season than he was final yr, when Verstappen’s championship bid obtained going he rapidly dropped the Mexican driver.

Perez reckons that’s partly as a result of the upgrades Pink Bull launched for the RB18 suited Verstappen’s model greater than his personal.

It’s a criticism he initially made mid-season and one he nonetheless stands by.

“I believe in all probability so,” he informed Motorsport.com after the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix. “There are occasions when some upgrades are roughly useful and include the dealing with.

“We’ve seen that with a variety of different drivers and I believe the best way we developed the automobile was extra in Max’s path.”

Marko says that’s not true, Pink Bull’s sole intention with their upgrades was to decrease the automobile’s weight.

“After all that’s nonsense,” he informed Auto Motor und Sport. “The principle drawback was being obese. We’re nonetheless a bit over it now.”

Pressed on whether or not reducing weight was extra of a difficulty than the automobile’s aerodynamics, the Pink Bull motorsport advisor replied: “Not a lot was lacking with the aero.”

Whereas Perez continues to be concerned within the battle for second place within the Drivers’ Championship, Verstappen has already wrapped up the World title.

He did so on the Japanese Grand Prix, securing it with 4 races to spare, and two races later set a brand new document for probably the most wins in a single season, 14.

Requested whether or not he believes this yr’s success had ‘extra to do with the motive force or extra with the automobile’, Marko mentioned: “It is determined by each.

“You noticed within the early levels of the season that Max was as quick as Perez in a automobile that didn’t go well with his driving model. If the automobile suits, it’s half a second sooner.”

With the Drivers’ title and the Constructors’ within the bag, the group’s subsequent goal is the 1-2 within the standings.

“You probably have already achieved every little thing else, you then go for such sweets,” Marko mentioned. “You additionally want an incentive for individuals to maintain them motivated.”

Sergio Perez versus Charles Leclerc

Sergio Perez is up in opposition to Charles Leclerc within the combat for P2, the Mexican driver 5 factors forward with two races remaining.

That’s 60 factors in complete because the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend additionally features a dash race with the win price eight factors.

Neither driver has set the stage alight because the summer time break, Sundays dominated by Verstappen along with his six wins in seven races.

However though the lacking one, Singapore, went to Perez, he hasn’t been capable of pull away from Leclerc. The hole was 5 factors within the Pink Bull driver’s favour after Belgium and it’s 5 factors right now.

Perez has already made it clear he doesn’t need any pity wins from Verstappen as he chases P2, the motive force decided to win on advantage but when he desires that runner-up spot, he may have his team-mate’s assist.

Ferrari are prone to just do that with Carlos Sainz as he’s down in sixth with little or no however pleasure at stake.

If Perez desires an excellent combat, and maybe extra to the purpose if Pink Bull need full domination of the standings, he’s going to wish to go up in opposition to Ferrari two in opposition to two.

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