Sergio Perez could “slack off” with multi-year deal, says Marko

Jaden Diaz
13 Apr, 2024

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko believes a multi-year contract could negatively impact the overall performance of Sergio Perez. Despite a solid start to the 2024 campaign, Perez must continue his efforts to convince the reigning Champions he deserves a contract extension. After just four rounds, making conclusions is very difficult.

The Japanese GP was critical for Sergio Perez. Having suffered a nightmare weekend at Suzuka just six months ago, it was essential to avoid the blunders of last season. Unlike in 2023, his contract is expiring and – perhaps more pressingly – several drivers are available in the market.

In this context, the 6-time race winner put together a strong weekend. After qualifying in second place, just a few hundredths behind Max Verstappen, he crossed the line in second place. With Ferrari establishing themselves as a genuine threat this year, these results will be essential.  Last year’s form cannot be repeated.

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Red Bull prefers one-year contract for Sergio Perez

Speaking after the fourth round of 2024, Helmut Marko spoke candidly about Red Bull’s driver approach:

“We don’t allow ourselves to be pressured. Audi apparently wants a decision [for 2026]. We look at everything calmly,” he told oe24.

“When we have enough to overview, we will decide on our drivers.

“Everything is an option [regarding extending Perez’s contract]. Our team is currently working very well. 

“If he has a secure contract for two years, there is a risk that he will slack off.”

As ever, deciphering what Red Bull will decide about their driver line-up is a challenge. Whilst they exercised restraint to keep Perez last season, their constant changes at their second team, RB, are proof of how quickly things can change at Milton Keynes.

For now, Sergio Perez can be satisfied with his season so far. According to Marko, a simpler approach with less set-up experimentation has contributed to his improved results. Still, podium finishes must become standard procedure in 2024.

With an RB20 machine that is superior to the rest – but not with the same margin as its predecessor – staying within touching distance of Max Verstappen will be the recipe for Perez to secure a contract extension.

Regardless of how long a potential new deal will be, the length of any future agreement is a secondary objective.



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