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Marko: Perez as quick as Verstappen in clear air

Helmut Marko says that when in clean air during the Bahrain Grand Prix, Sergio Perez was as quick as Max Verstappen. After Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon both struggled to get close to matching the Dutchman's performances in the past two years, Marko and co at Red Bull took the decision to look outside their own driver programme for the first time since Mark Webber joined, signing Perez for the 2021 campaign. After the season-opener's qualifying session, in which he could only take P11 while Verstappen stormed to pole position, many believed Perez would struggle just as much as the drivers that came before him. However, Marko says it was the team's fault that the Mexican did not make it to...
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