Before apologising to his wife for a wild post-race party, the 32-year-old Mexican won at Monaco – just two days after signing a new two-year contract. Perez is now just 6 points behind current drivers’ standings runner-up Charles Leclerc, with the Ferrari driver trailing Max Verstappen by just 9 points.
“In Monaco he (Max) had problems in just one corner over all four practice sessions, which put him behind Perez,” he said. “The handling is not to his liking yet as he wants a car that has absolute grip at the front.” Nonetheless, he admits that Red Bull has a good chance of winning both drivers’ and constructors’ titles for the first time since Sebastian Vettel in 2013.
“The chances are good because we have two strong drivers,” said Marko. “Perez has improved and thanks to the technical change, he’s getting on much better with the car. We still have to work on reliability because three failures is too many, but in terms of speed and consistency, we’re able to have a serious word about the constructors’ championship.” As for the drivers’ crown, Marko added: “I currently see Leclerc as our strongest competitor.”