In a recent development emerging from Singapore, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has served a formal caution to Red Bull‘s motorsport advisor, Helmut Marko. The admonition comes in light of certain remarks Marko made regarding the Mexican F1 driver, Sergio Perez.
Marko, in an interview with the Red Bull-owned Servus TV following the Italian Grand Prix, expressed his views on Perez, stating, “We know that he has problems in qualifying, he has fluctuations in form. He is South American and he is just not as completely focused in his head as Max [Verstappen] is or as Sebastian [Vettel].”
This isn’t the first instance of Marko referring to Perez as a South American racer, despite the fact that Perez hails from Guadalajara, geographically located in North America.
Responding to Marko’s statements, the sport’s governing body reminded him of his responsibilities as a significant figure in motorsport. This reminder was given in accordance with the standards and guidelines outlined in the FIA Code of Ethics.
Reacting to the fallout and criticism from his statements, Marko issued both a public and private apology to Sergio Perez. Perez publicly acknowledged and accepted his apology.
The Red Bull Racing team has received significant criticism for Marko’s comments. Christian Horner, the team’s principal, however, has defended the team’s choice to remain silent on the matter. He justified the absence of an official team statement by stating that Marko is “not an employee” of Red Bull Racing.
Nevertheless, according to public records available on the UK government’s Companies House website, Marko is listed as a director of Red Bull Racing Limited.