Marko supposes skill to drive in difficult conditions is main difference between Verstappen and Perez

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JUNE 27: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates with Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring on June 27, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull advisor Dr. Helmut Marko has explained the main difference between the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, believing that the skill to drive in extreme conditions is the main difference between the two drivers.

Red Bull has won five Grands Prix in a row, with Verstappen securing a hat-trick of victories in the 2021 season. Red Bull is leading Mercedes by 44 points in the Constructor’s Championship.

Regarding Red Bull’s dominance in future races, Dr. Marko said: “It’s hard to tell if that will be the case.”

“However, we have always had a good car during the first nine races, except in Barcelona,” he added. “Mercedes did strategically well there because the tire wear was higher than expected for us. Now we have Perez within firing range, it means if Mercedes want to make a second pit stop, they can’t always do that. We saw that in France.”

Marko also talked about how the car gets increasingly aerodynamically better at extreme conditions, making it wind susceptible at the same time. He explained how situations like these highlight the main difference between the Red Bull drivers.

“With Max and Sergio, for example, the more extreme it gets, the better the car is on an aerodynamic level,” Marko commented. “This also means that the car is more susceptible to the wind. During the first race in Austria, for example, there were a lot of gusts of wind, especially in turn 7.”

“Max can handle that, but Perez loses seconds. That’s also the difference between Hamilton and [Valtteri] Bottas. The car becomes too ‘light’ to drive. Verstappen’s performance costs us a lot of money, but it’s worth it,” he concluded.

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