While the Mexican Sergio Pérez he already has his future confirmed in the team Red Bull de F1, at least for 2022, renewing his contract for the next season was not the first option that the Austrian team considered.
At least that is clear from recent statements made by the Austrian Helmut Marko to the chain OE24 of his country. There he revealed that, in reality, they had contact with another pilot, none other than English Lando Norris.
“We had some contacts with him, but in the end he decided to extend his relationship with McLaren and we stayed true to our style. But yes, Lando had caught my attention "revealed Marko, who with certain statements often casts doubt on Pérez's ability.
The former driver, who raced a dozen GP's in the 1970s, made it clear that hiring Norris, who signed a contract with McLaren of several years, it would have been to fulfill the role of squire of the Dutch Max Verstappen, whom he considers the N ° 1 of the team.
“Max is still at the top of my ranking because he can immediately adapt to all conditions without making mistakes and he showed it in the rain in Sochi. He almost won the race, he only had to have pitted one lap earlier ”, Assured.