In a striking change of narrative, Antonio Perez Garibay, father of beleaguered Formula 1 star Sergio Perez and a prominent figure in Mexico’s racing and political spheres, has expressed unabashed admiration and support for Red Bull – dispelling rumors and setting a new tone ahead of the Mexican GP.
ALL IN FOR RED BULL: PEREZ SNR SEES ROSY FUTURE
Despite a season peppered with rumors of strained relations and a slump in performance, Antonio is unequivocal about his son’s future with the team: “Checo will be with Max in the same team for another ten years,” he told ORF. His words resonate with a confidence that has been notably absent amid ongoing paddock whispers.
Contrary to the rumors of a heated rivalry with teammate Max Verstappen, Perez senior highlights the positive aspects of such a competitive environment, saying, “I like that my son competes with the best driver in the world. And the best driver in the world right now is Max Verstappen.”
PRESSURE TO PRAISE: A FATHER’S TAKE
In the face of speculation surrounding his son’s rapport with Verstappen and Red Bull executives, Senor Perez stands firm, affirming that this is “the best relationship with a teammate that Checo has ever had in his Formula 1 career.”
Addressing the contentious topic of Checo’s relationship with Dr. Helmut Marko and responding to Lewis Hamilton’s comments on psychological pressure, Perez’s father describes Dr. Marko as “the best sponsor in the world that Checo can have,” adding, “He has a winning mentality and he pushes Checo, which I love. And I love Dr. Marko!”
Antonio also extended his appreciation towards the Verstappen family, expressing the respect they hold in Mexico and his pleasure in welcoming them to his home country. “People in Mexico respect Dr Marko and the Verstappen family. We are very pleased to welcome them to Mexico.”