Helmut Marko of Red Bull has provided information on the team’s preparations for who would race with Max Verstappen in 2023.
Despite Sergio Perez’s great beginning at the new season , Red Bull will not announce their new driver with Max Verstappen for just some time.
While Max has committed to Red Bull until the end of 2028, Perez’s deal ends at the end of this season, the second cockpit could be up for grabs in 2023.
Given Perez’s close proximity to Verstappen in the first four races, as well as his early lead in Saudi Arabia, Red Bull is likely to consider extending his contract, although Helmut Marko has stated that a choice will not be reached until the end of the season.
“By the summer break, we will make the choice who will be Verstappen’s teammate in 2023,” he told Viaplay.
In addition to Perez, Red Bull might pursue AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, who is under team control for another season before being persuaded to look elsewhere.
“Pierre is under contract with us until the end of 2023, so there is still some time,” Marko said.
“As always with Red Bull, it’s about their performance.”
Perez becomes “better and better” at working with Red Bull
Marko lauded Perez for securing his 1st professional pole position in Saudi Arabia, and also podium results in Australia and Imola, as he has drastically narrowed the distance to Verstappen since first stepping into a Red Bull.
When asked by Sport1 if Red Bull has become the dominant power in Formula One following their victory in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Marko said that Perez has improved his game.
“I wouldn’t go so far as to say that we are a force,” he commented.
“But, last year, we had the fastest man in Max, now Perez is also integrating better and better into the team and understands the car better.
“Then a 1-2 [finish] is the logical consequence at some point.”
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