Marko still fuming over McLaren radio message at Portimão

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Marko still fuming over McLaren radio message at Portimão

One week on, Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko is still enraged over McLaren's radio message to Lando Norris during qualifying for the Portuguese GP.

Norris was warned in Q3 by the McLaren pitwall that Red Bull's Max Verstappen was on a flyer and fast approaching.

The papaya crew subsequently asked its driverr "not to do him any favours", impying that Norris avoid giving the Dutchman a tow down the main straight to boost his chances of pole.

But Marko interpreted the message as an order to impede the Red Bull driver. "Very sporting of the Mercedes team", a sarcastic Marko commented during the live TV broadcast.

Norris laughed off Marko's comments, but a week later, the Austrian is still fuming.

"That [radio message] has to be seen in context," Marko told F1-Insider.com. "Max is on his fastest lap and when such a radio message comes, then it is clear that one is annoyed about it.

"Sebastian [Vettel] was decisively in the way on the last corner, and that didn't help to improve our position either. And if you get angry, you have to be able to say that too."

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Marko went as far as to suggest that had it been a Mercedes driver on a flyer at Portimão, the message from the McLaren pitwall would have been very different.

"They would have said: 'do Hamilton a favor,'" Marko contended.

The 78-year-old former racer is nevertheless upbeat about Red Bull's chances of success this weekend in Spain, on a track that offers more "normal" characteristics.

"We had three tracks that cannot be described as characteristic," Marko said.

"Bahrain was exceptional because of the temperature, Imola because of the rain and in Portugal because of the track surface, which had very little grip.

"In Barcelona we come to a characteristically normal racetrack with normal temperature for the first time."

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Perez driving style 'simply doesn't work' with Red Bull car

Sergio Perez says he is having to completely rethink his driving style to adapt to the characteristics of Red Bull's 2021 car, insisting his previous way of driving "simply doesn't work" with the RB16B.

Perez has finished twice among the top five since the start of the season but missed out on points at Imola where the Mexican had qualified an impressive P2, but where he also made several mistakes on race day.

Perez feels his current inconsistent pace is due to his necessity to adapt to his new car and change his approach to driving.

"Everything that I used to do, very few things work in this car," he told reporters on Thursday in Barcelona.

"In that regard, I’m just having to adapt to a new style in the race, in qualifying, in practices with different fuel loads and yeah everything has to be very conscious.

"At every corner, nothing is coming naturally just yet, but to be where we are, being that close – at Portugal, I was very close in race pace so definitely we see good progress in that regard."

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Perez revealed that in order to facilitate his adaptation to Red Bull's RB16B, a car in large part tailor-made for Max Verstappen, he's chosen for the time being to use the Dutchman's set-up.

"I’m taking the approach of first I need to adapt to the car," the Mexican explained.

“We have had such limited track time with these cars this year with the new rules of testing and also in practice that everything happens very quickly.

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"So it’s very hard to do any work like we used to in practices when we had more time, now it’s really a couple of runs and the day is over.

"At the same time I have a very strong reference in Max, he’s obviously taking 110% out of the car from practice one all the way until Sunday, so I think first I need to get to that level and then move around.

"That’s my view. It makes no sense to follow another direction because I’m just going to get lost, so I’m working in a very similar basis as my teammate."

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