After the recent Italian Grand Prix, where Mexican driver Perez had an exceptional run, concluding in the second position right after his team-mate Max Verstappen, startling comments were uttered by Helmut Marko. In what is speculated as a bizarre claim, Marko touched upon the subject of Perez’s variable performance, attributing it to his ethnicity.
Conveying his thoughts on Red Bull‘s very own Servus TV channel, Marko commented, “We know that he has problems in qualifying, he has fluctuations in form. He is South American [sic] and he is just not as completely focused in his head as Max [Verstappen] is or as Sebastian [Vettel].” His comments drew attention to the alleged inconsistency in the Mexican driver’s performance, asserting it was due to his geographical roots.
The FIA, international governing body of motorsport, has responded to these remarks by issuing a formal written warning to Marko. They confirmed this action to F1 Initiative, stating that Marko’s comments were deemed needlessly controversial.
The governing body’s announcement read, “We can confirm that Helmut Marko has received a written warning and been reminded of his responsibilities as a public figure in motorsport in line with the FIA Code of Ethics.” With this, the FIA underlined the ethical responsibility entrusted to public figures in motorsport and reminded them of the potential ramifications of their public assertions.
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