Helmut Marko says sleeping Sergio Perez “possibly drank tequila” yesterday

Accused of napping when the Digital Security Automobile resulted in France, Helmut Marko has joked possibly Sergio Perez was ingesting “tequila” on Saturday.

Perez had a late-race battle with George Russell for the ultimate podium place, the Mexican driver seeking to be a part of his team-mate Max Verstappen within the champagne celebrations.

Russell’s first assault by Flip 8 had Perez working extensive, the motive force pressured to take action to keep away from a collision.

Whereas Russell complained the Pink Bull driver ought to give the place again, the race was momentarily neutralised by a Digital Security Automobile for Zhou Guanyu’s stricken Alfa Romeo.

And as that ended, Russell attacked, with Perez sluggish to reply.

The Mercedes driver took third place, Perez unable to combat again after being caught off guard.

“It’s very unlucky that Checo was asleep on the restart,” Marko informed Servus TV. “A sure third place was misplaced there.”

To sueddeutsche.de, he added: “Possibly he drank tequila yesterday.”

However whereas Marko laid the blame firmly on Perez, Christian Horner conceded the delayed VSC ending didn’t assist the state of affairs.

The drivers have been knowledgeable of the VSC ending however as an alternative of it taking the same old 10 to fifteen seconds, as set out within the laws, it went on longer attributable to a {hardware} concern.

“What was irritating for him was there was a difficulty with Race Management with the VSC as a result of they couldn’t flip it off, so that they needed to do a reset,” mentioned Horner.

“He wasn’t getting the delta in his automotive, so he was bang on his delta [time when the restart happened] and I feel George both pre-empted it and was throughout the delta, or possibly the data between the 2 automobiles was totally different. So now we have to go and discover that.

“However it was irritating as a result of I feel he would have had the tempo to carry him off for a double podium.”

Perez blamed the VSC concern, saying it was “actually unlucky what occurred.

“I received the message it was ending out of Flip 9, so I went for it,” he defined. “However then it didn’t finish and I had the message saying it was going to finish. Then it ended after Flip 12 and I used to be simply too near it.

“It looks as if George had totally different data and he was capable of put together higher for it.

“It’s a disgrace the Digital Security Automobile interfered within the outcome. It shouldn’t be the case, however it was.”

Perez completed P4 with Pink Bull extending their benefit over Ferrari to 82 factors within the Constructors’ Championship. Perez remained third within the Drivers’ standings however decreased his deficit to Charles Leclerc to seven factors.

 

 

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