Antonio Perez Garibay father of Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing, looks on prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 28, 2023 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1: Perez’s father says Verstappen best driver in the world

(GMM) Sergio Perez’s father Antonio says there is zero doubt his son will drive alongside the best driver in the world< Max Verstappen, in 2024.

Mexican Perez, 33, has a contract for next year, but rumors of strained relationships with Verstappen, Red Bull bosses and his performance slump will not go away.

Perez’s father Antonio Perez Garabay has often fanned the flames of the speculation, but on the occasion of the Mexican GP this weekend, he now says his son could not be happier at Red Bull.

“Checo will be with Max in the same team for another ten years,” he smiled to the Austrian broadcaster ORF. “And in these ten years Checo might win a world championship.

“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,” Perez senior, a well-known motor racing and political figure in Mexico, added.

Amid wild rumors of a cut-throat rivalry between Perez and Verstappen early this weekend, Red Bull chiefs stepped in to insist that the pair actually get on well.

Perez’s father agrees: “This is the best relationship with a teammate that Checo has ever had in his Formula 1 career.”

As for the reports of particularly strained relations with Dr Helmut Marko, and Lewis Hamilton’s claim that the 80-year-old is “psychologically” hurting Perez, Antonio responded: “Dr Marko is the best sponsor in the world that Checo can have.

“He has a winning mentality, and he pushes Checo, which I love. And I love Dr Marko!” he beamed. “People in Mexico respect Dr Marko and the Verstappen family.

“We are very pleased to welcome them to Mexico.”

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