The fallout from Helmut Marko‘s controversial xenophobic remarks towards Sergio Perez continues, with calls for the Red Bull F1 team to fire the Austrian as an advisor.
Whilst Marko has been wildly critical of Perez‘s performances this season, the situation took a more negative turn with his latest remark.
“He is South American and that’s why his head is not as focused as Max Verstappen‘s or Sebastian Vettel‘s was,” Marko declared.
Despite the 80-year-old Austrian offering an apology for his ‘offensive’ words against Checo, the European press do not consider it enough, with some calling for his departure from Red Bull.
In his column in Germany’s Der Western, Daniel Sobolewski demanded that the F1 team should crack down on Helmut Marko and remove him from his duties, although he does not believe they will do so.
“Red Bull has no choice: after a racist slip of the tongue, a prominent figure has to be sacked. Red Bull will fire its boss? It really is unimaginable,” he said.
The German journalist gave the example when Red Bull showed no mercy against a driver for making racist statements: “The harsh reaction to a similar case last year with Juri Vips really leaves the F1 leader with no choice.
“Now the team has to show that it is serious. This time it’s not a small talent from the academy, but one of the top minds, Helmut Marko, the Red Bull strongman behind Christian Horner.”
Given this, Sobolewski believes Red Bull should follow the same criteria, and sack its advisor after attacking Checo Perez.
“If the team is consistent, the only result can be his departure. Attributing the driver’s inferiority to his nationality is a racist derailment,” he declared.
Finally, the journalist insisted that the energy drinks team would have no choice.
“Does the zero-tolerance policy also apply to the bosses? Then F1 will eagerly await the team’s reaction to Helmut Marko‘s misconduct.”
“But so far Red Bull has remained silent, but “zero tolerance” doesn’t really leave them much room for maneuver.”
Red Bull fired Juri Vips for racist comments
It was on 28 June 2022 that the Austrian team was blunt with its stance against the academy driver for making discriminatory comments.
“After investigating the internet incident involving Juri Vips, Red Bull has decided to terminate Juri’s contract as test and reserve driver. The team does not condone any form of racism”.
So, if the Milton Keynes-based team maintains the same approach, should Helmut Marko be sacked?