Daniel Ricciardo lurks: Helmut Marko admits Red Bull are considering firing Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez has gone from potential title winner to Red Bull outcast with Helmut Marko admitting he could soon be fired.

Former Red Bull man Daniel Ricciardo has been rumoured to make a sensational return to Formula 1.

The Australian has been in search of a seat for the 2024 season after losing his place at McLaren to debutant and fellow countryman Oscar Piastri.

Ricciardo is a fan favourite in the sport and has 8 race wins to his name so a return to track will induce excitement.

The 2023 season has seen Ricciardo settle for a reserve seat at Red Bull, but the recent form of Sergio Perez has raised questions over the Mexican’s future in the sport.

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Perez was off to a flying start at the beginning of the season, winning in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan, prompting debate over his title chances against the reigning world champion Max Verstappen.

Such debate has since wavered, and Perez has been on a poor run of form in his last three races, particularly struggling in qualifying.

Matters are made worse as the Mexican finds himself in the fastest car on the grid with Verstappen charging to first place in every race since Perez last won in Azerbaijan.

Perez, however, still sits second in the driver’s championship with 126 points, but trails his teammate by 69 points.

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Helmut Marko suggests Sergio Perez is out of time

Helmut Marko has delivered a scathing review of the Mexican’s recent form, casting doubt over his future at Red Bull.

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Marko suggested that Perez’s goal at Red Bull was to “stay for two or three years” suggesting a world title was never really a possibility.

In addition, Marko said that the team were keeping their options open regarding a replacement for Perez.

“His initial goal was to stay for two or three years, that would be more than he planned, so we just have to keep the options open to decide who will be his successor,” Marko stated.