Perez joined Red Bull for the 2021 season following his exit from Racing Point at the end of last year, having claimed his first Grand Prix victory at the Sakhir Grand Prix.
The Mexican struggled to match the form of teammate Max Verstappen at the start of the year, but anticipated a period of adjustment with his new squad due to the limited time available on the track this season.
Marko has been one of Red Bull’s most influential figures over the years, rarely refraining from speaking out and giving a first-hand view of the performance of the drivers on the team.
But Perez said he enjoyed working with Marko at Red Bull, appreciating his straightforward nature and his comments.
“The truth is, I’m thrilled with Helmut,” Perez said.
“He always tells me what he thinks. If you are doing well, he tells you. If you’re doing badly, he tells you so – not only to you, but outside of the press as well.
“He’s very direct and I respect him a lot, because having someone like that in F1 is not very common.
“I think we have a good relationship. We are getting to know each other more and more.
“Normally after the race, I have calls with him, and there he tells me if I did wrong or not.”
Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B
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Perez managed to outperform Verstappen at Imola, but has yet to beat his young teammate on race day, scoring less than half as many points in the first four races.
The adjustment process is something Perez is still working on, believing he has made great strides in finishing the race with the Red Bull RB16B car.
“When we go to a very different track with very different conditions, this adaptation, understanding the car has helped me a lot, especially in the race,” said Perez.
“I think it was in the race that I improved the most because what I was doing in the previous teams was not working here. I had to change my approach in terms of racing. I made a big improvement in Portugal.
“My aspiration is to win. It’s still early in the season, I have to be patient. I know in 10 races from now I will know exactly where I am and what chances I have in the championship.
“Now that’s just the start, and there’s no reason to overanalyze things. F1 seasons are quite long. It doesn’t matter where you start or how you start, but how you end up in Abu Dhabi. “
Perez struggled to reach eighth place in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix after suffering a shoulder problem but said he was back to full form ahead of this weekend’s race in Monaco .
“It was a difficult weekend and he was compromised by Saturday’s poor performance in qualifying,” said Perez.
“I wasn’t 100% physically so I struggled, but I’m back in great shape now. Looking ahead, I’m getting more and more comfortable with the car, so hopefully we can show that in Monaco and perform well on Saturday. “