Perez’ penalties “unfortunate, far from ideal”, says Marko

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 04: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda makes a pitstop during the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 04, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202107040680 // Usage for editorial use only //

After a good qualifying session, Sergio Perez could not convert the good performance in qualifying in a good result on Sunday after receiving two 5-second penalties, something Helmut Marko was not happy with. 

Helmut Marko admitted that a total of ten seconds of penalty is not ideal, and cost Perez a podium finish, dropping him back to P6.

“Pérez finished with more penalty seconds than points, which is unfortunate and far from ideal.”

Perez was fighting with Lando Norris and the Mexican was pushed off the track, dropping back to P10. Then, while defending from Charles Leclerc, the Red Bull driver pushed the Monegasque wide twice, which made Perez receive a double penalty. 

Despite the difficult race for the Mexican, Marko is confident after the five consecutive wins that Red Bull managed to achieve. 

“We are now going to Silverstone with an incredible amount of self-confidence. Despite that, we know that Mercedes is very solid in general, and we must be ready for more battles,” he concluded.

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