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Perez: Grateful for F1 safety after crash

Perez: Grateful for F1 safety after crash

Perez: Grateful for F1 safety after crash

Sergio Perez escaped a nasty shunt at the Monaco Grand Prix with just a grazed elbow, for which he thanked advancements in Formula 1 safety.

The Red Bull driver’s race barely lasted a corner before it came to an abrupt end; a collision with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen on the run-up to the top of the hill resulted in terminal damage to his car as well as that of Magnussen and teammate Nico Hulkenberg.

Perez’ early retirement capped off a disastrous weekend for the Mexican, who ended up 18th in Qualifying after struggling with low-speed stability in his RB20. Teammate and Championship leader Max Verstappen also complained of poor drivability throughout the weekend, though by contrast the Dutchman was able to finish the full race distance and score points in P6.

Speaking after the race, Perez put the blame on Magnussen for bringing a premature end to both of their races. He said: “At the start I lost a position to one of the Haas cars and I was coming out of turn one, I couldn’t see Kevin in my mirrors, you can see that from my on board and then the crash happened.

“I think the move was unnecessary, we sustained a lot of damage and it was a very dangerous incident. I was disappointed it didn’t get investigated, it was an immense crash and my car is completely destroyed,” stated Perez.

Horner: Magnussen should have given more space

Perez: Grateful for F1 safety after crash

Despite suffering a small injury, the 34-year-old believed he could have been in a lot worse shape were it not for recent safety improvements in F1 regulations. He added: “It caused a lot of damage to my car and I am okay after the accident; I just got a small graze to my elbow.

“Safety in F1 has come a very long way and for that I am grateful. It has been a bad weekend for all of us and the whole thing is frustrating but I trust my Team with my car ahead of Canada and I hope we come back very strong,” concluded Perez.

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner agreed with Perez’ assessment of the crash, claiming Magnussen should have relented and dropped behind. The boss said: “Very disappointed by the crash on lap one, and I think Magnussen should have given more space.

“Not only did he damage his car, he also took out our car, but thankfully Checo stepped away from it unhurt, which is the most important thing.”

Horner admitted that Red Bull have a lot of work to do to iron out evident faults with the RB20 package, hopefully in time for the Canadian Grand Prix in a fortnight’s time. He continued: “I would say it was a difficult weekend and Monaco is always dictated by qualifying performance, so we faced many challenges going into today.

“We have a lot of data to analyse from this weekend and we’ll be looking at everything hard over the next couple of weeks before Canada,” said Horner.

The Canadian Grand Prix commences at 19:00 BST (14:00 local time) on Sunday 9 June.