Sergio Pérez certified seventh for Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix.
Apparently that should have been sufficient for Purple Bull Senior Advisor Dr. Helmut Marko.
Simply at some point after reviews emerged — based mostly on quotes from Marko himself — that Pérez’s future with the group was unsure, the Purple Bull Senior Advisor cleared the air, declaring that the motive force was “clear” to proceed with Purple Bull in the course of the 2024 season. Talking with F1 journalist Andreas Haupt after qualifying, Marko had this to say about Pérez:
“The whole lot is evident for 2024.”
It is a wild reversal from reviews that emerged on Friday, which have been additionally a wild reversal from earlier within the season, when Marko gave Pérez a transparent vote of confidence. As Pérez was enduring a sequence of struggles, notably in qualifying the place he went 5 races with out seeing Q3, Marko was amongst these defending the motive force, and his standing with the group.
”It’s all nonsense. Sergio’s place has by no means been in jeopardy and can by no means be in jeopardy,” declared Marko firstly of June.
However this week, his tune appeared to alter. Talking with Austrian outlet Kleine Zeitung earlier this week Marko opened the door to hypothesis about Pérez’s future. Addressing Pérez’s standing with the group, together with 2024, the Purple Bull advisor had this to say: “Nothing is one hundred pc sure in System 1, it simply doesn’t exist. There are at all times performance-related conditions someplace that should be mentioned. We’ll have a look and focus on the best way to proceed in Zandvoort, then we’ll know extra.”
If that turned the warmth as much as ten, Marko went a step additional on Friday. Talking with Sky Sports activities Germany on Friday forward of the Dutch Grand Prix, Marko went even additional. “Perez has to carry out. He has to enhance his qualifying, however all the pieces is evident for the present 12 months. We’ll see what occurs subsequent 12 months.”
So on Friday Pérez was “clear for the present 12 months.” On Saturday, he’s now clear for 2024.
At this fee, he may earn a contract extension on Sunday.