Verstappen and Marko praise Sergio Perez: “Incredibly loyal”

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Seldom has a number two in the team been so praised in the sky after a Formula 1 season finale as Red Bull driver Sergio Perez after Abu Dhabi. With his defense against Lewis Hamilton after his first pit stop, he enabled team-mate Max Verstappen to make up important time.

The world champion elevated Perez to legendary status during the race and never tired of emphasizing the Mexican’s performance even after winning the title. “What Checo did there is unbelievable,” he says on ‘ServusTV’.

“In the end, that also made our race because Mercedes couldn’t stop at the safety car. Without Checo, of course, I wouldn’t have become world champion either.”

Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko knows that too. He says of Perez: “He’s incredibly loyal and he’s a team player. Of course we have discussed certain scenarios with him and he delivers them – and without grumbling, protesting or questioning . “

“He slowed the Hamilton in for eight seconds in two laps, but in a very fair way,” he looks back on the race in Abu Dhabi and taunts Mercedes driver Hamilton: “Of course he said ‘dangerous driving’ again, you know that we yes. “

The season finale was not the first situation in which Perez demonstrated his skills and loyalty. “For example in Turkey, where he also met him,” remembers the Austrian. “He’s got a weakness, that’s qualifying. But at racing speed he’s perfectly there.”

In Abu Dhabi, the Mexican had a slightly different vote than Verstappen, explains Marko. “It was only marginally different from the Max,” he says, “but he had more downforce, so he was faster in the third sector. And that made it easier for him to carry out this defense.”

With images from Motorsport Images.

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