Perez crash halts qualifying in Monaco

2011 Monaco Grand Prix

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Monaco, 2011

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Monaco, 2011

Qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix was stopped following a crash involving Sergio Perez.

Perez lost control of his car on the approach to the chicane. He glanced the barrier on the right, then skidded into the TecPro barrier beyond the run-off area.

The recovery crews spent around 20 minutes recovering Perez from the car.

The 21-year-old Mexican driver was reported to be “conscious and talking” following the crash which took place with two minutes to go in Q3.

Nico Rosberg had a similar accident in qualifying but missed the barrier Perez hit.

Update: The FIA has confirmed Perez has no broken bones. He will remain in hospital overnight with suspected concussion.

Update: Sauber confirm Perez has ??no serious injuries??

Please exercise caution when sharing information about Perez’s condition in the comments. Please do not speculate unduly and ensure you cite a source for any new information.

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57 comments on Perez crash halts qualifying in Monaco

  1. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 28th May 2011, 14:20

    I feel quite sick. Still can’t believe he’s OK. That was a horrible few minutes. Possibly my worst F1 experience. :(

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 28th May 2011, 14:22

      This was in my eyes worse than Massa in Hungary ’09, because I know Wendlinger crashed identically in ’94 and went in coma, whilst Massa’s crash was nothing apart from the spring, that was noticed much after the crash.

    • summers (@summers) said on 28th May 2011, 14:23

      Same thing here, I was sitting shocked hoping for some news he’s ok, but expecting the worse…

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 28th May 2011, 14:46

      Agreed. That’s up there with Massa in Hungary ’09. Unpleasant.

      However, like I said on Twitter, i’m very proud to be a Formula 1 fan today. Safety is pinnacle and did not disappoint.

    • SirCoolbeans (@sircoolbeans) said on 28th May 2011, 14:48

      Indeed, it actually took me back to Imola 94. I’m glad things appear to be okay. Nasty stuff.

      • S.J.M (@sjm) said on 28th May 2011, 15:04

        Just… scary. Honestly thought there was more chance he wasnt alive after that. When the marshalls held the cloths over him I really begain to fear the worst.

        But its a credit to modern technology & designs that the car took the force for him and he appears ok.

        • Fixy (@fixy) said on 28th May 2011, 16:08

          Despite the sides of the cockpit being higher now, the impact was still enough for serious head injuries. Thanks to helmets, barriers and cockpits he is ok.

          • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 28th May 2011, 17:56

            I was lucky enough to miss the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying session, so Perez’s crash is the scariest thing I can remember seeing.

            I sometimes think about Senna’s crash in 1994 (and all of the fatal accidents, for that matter) and I wonder how I’d handle myself in that situation. Today I found out. Whilst I would have liked to believe he was OK, and I was convincing myself he was, there was something in the back of my head telling me to worry – and I genuinely was. It was a peculiar feeling, one that I cannot really describe, but it was sickening and I hope never to experience it again. It took so long for the medical team to get to him and the amount of marshals on the scene reminded me of the videos I’ve seen of Senna’s crash.

            My brother actually decided to watch qualifying with me for a change, and I knew we were seeing something pretty bad when we were both sitting in silence, waiting for some news. Whilst I refused to believe anything horrible had happened, you can never be sure – and that’s what made it so sickening for me.

          • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 28th May 2011, 18:12

            I not only saw Massa’s accident but also Kovalainen’s in 2008, Kubica’s in 2007, Schumacher’s in 1999, plus others which my sanity has chosen to forget for the time being. There is no avoiding that feeling of dread and it feels like you’re literally living on hope. I was actually getting quite upset as the scene dragged on, all sorts of dark thoughts enter your head, like “It would be a young up-and-comer to die, if it was anyone”.

            It’s a horrible experience but it’s the risk we run as spectators, just as it’s the risk the drivers run as competitors.

          • LAK (@lak) said on 28th May 2011, 18:22

            I second your feelings Damon, I saw that Hungary Quali session and still remember feeling that same sick feeling I felt today! The replays don’t make it easier either as they make sure they’ve ingrained in our memories.

            Thank God Perez is ok and is doing much better than Massa did after his crash. I remember Kubica was bad too, Kovalainen as well..

            It’s amazing when something like this happens you just immediately let go of whoever your favorite driver is and just hope that the driver injured is OK. It reminds us that the F1 world is more united than we think. It’s also a reminder that all the racing, rivalry, scandals, competitiveness is secondary when it comes to safety.

            Hope we see him back tomorrow, if not in Canada..

          • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 29th May 2011, 7:54

            @Icthyes – The incredible thing is, I watched all of those races you mentioned on tape-delay, and already knew they were OK before I saw the crashes, so yesterday was my first genuine scare. And of course, I never saw Schumacher’s crash as I only started watching F1 in 2002.

  2. Fixy (@fixy) said on 28th May 2011, 14:21

    The recovery crews spent around 20 minutes recovering Perez from the car.

    I was so worried for him I did not even notice they took so much time to take him out.

    • Hatebreeder (@hatebreeder) said on 28th May 2011, 15:00

      true! i look at the watch and i was like woah! it’s more than 30 mins since it started! a sad qualifying. all crashes look spectacular. this one felt just painful. :(

    • David BR said on 28th May 2011, 15:42

      I presumed the issue was his neck, given how the crash happened.

      • djdaveyp87 said on 28th May 2011, 17:36

        NO his HANS will have protected him from neck injuries. As mentioned above it is suspected concussion.

  3. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 28th May 2011, 14:26

    That was quite shocking but the marshalls and medics did a fantastic job, and at least the news we have is positive, unlike with Massa in Hungary.

  4. Chris Nolan said on 28th May 2011, 14:28

    That was, like others have said, one of the most frightening things I’ve seen in F1 for years. I too was expecting the worst, but thankfully the Sauber looks ok.

    Fingers crossed Sergio hasn’t been injured badly.

    • Mike (@mike) said on 28th May 2011, 15:28

      Yeah, it’s not something you can sit easily through. My thoughts are with him.

      I think he should be ok, one of the commentators suggested he was complaining of leg injury, which is bad, but most likely not life threatening or even career ending. So he should be ok.

      When they took him out, did they extract him with or without the seat?

  5. DavidS (@davids) said on 28th May 2011, 14:29

    I hope he’s OK, that was a fair whack.

  6. driftin said on 28th May 2011, 14:41

    So glad he’s okay. That was a big shunt so it’s quite a miracle he remained conscious.

    Not to sound harsh but that crash sure messed up the tension of Q3.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 28th May 2011, 16:10

      He was sad to look at in the replays, when he tried to protect his head with his hands (like Chandhok last year), despite the hands being more fragile than the helmet.

  7. lewymp4 (@lewymp4) said on 28th May 2011, 14:43

    It was a good sign when they loaded him into the ambulance, and the ambulance didn’t immediately speed off.

    Hope that he wasn’t seriousy injured.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 28th May 2011, 16:20

      When Tomizawa (who died in MotoGP) was on the ambulance, it went away slowly as his situation was so bad the doctors were working during the transport.

  8. slr said on 28th May 2011, 14:46

    I’m glad he’s okay. When his head wasn’t moving in the cockpit during the onboard footage after the crash, I started to worry, but now I feel relieved for him. I really hope he can race tomorrow.

  9. F1iLike said on 28th May 2011, 14:46

    That was a hard few minutes.. Always hard to tell in a crash like that.. Some crashes look worse but they walk away, some looks easy and they are hurt.. You can never know all the factors.. Really hope he is well and can be back racing soon!

  10. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 28th May 2011, 14:50

    I’m sure Perez will be up and about in no time. Brilliant job getting into Q3 today even if he doesn’t take part tomorrow. He has that to be proud of.

    Also a great moment when he drove right round the apex through the chicane. Awesome.

    • Baz said on 28th May 2011, 15:29

      The control of that snap of oversteer at 140mph was superb to watch. It’s What makes this sport so eye-opening, can really see the performance through that chicane, and see driver’s skill handling cars that close to the limit. Hope he’s OK!

    • David BR said on 28th May 2011, 16:24

      It’s true, he drove brilliantly in Q1 and Q2. It did pass through my mind, though, that he was driving really on the edge. Enormous courage.

  11. Bigbadderboom said on 28th May 2011, 14:55

    Horrible incident, it’s such a blackspot coming out of the tunnel. Pleased to hear that he was conscious and talking to the Dr.
    I think for once EJ may have a point in that the Monaco authorities should look at that part of track. It’s obvious that the current batch of F1 designs are more sensitive to these bumps and undulations in the surface.

  12. Zazeems said on 28th May 2011, 14:57

    I think the main trouble is the bump coming over the crest of the hill that causes cars to swerve left into the wall. If that were smoothed out, then there’d be no problem.

  13. Doance (@doance) said on 28th May 2011, 15:01

    Fortunately my stream stopped working shortly after the crash. I just saw on youtube the blankets they were holding to hide what was happening. Luckily I saw that after I heard the news he was consious. I would have been really scared, I would have feared he was dead. Sickening crash. I hope Perez is back soon. Hopefully the hospital is showing the Champions League final.

  14. Xenon2 (@xenon2) said on 28th May 2011, 15:11

    What happened to the black and yellow speed bumps at the chicane?

    • adaptalis (@adaptalis) said on 28th May 2011, 15:27

      Removed after FP3. Think they realised that cars will be launched into the air after Rosberg’s crash.

      • S.J.M (@sjm) said on 28th May 2011, 15:30

        and its a good thing to. I dont even want to think what might have happened to Perez if he went over them.

      • Russell said on 28th May 2011, 22:03

        Excellent slo-mo of Rosberg’s accident here. Note how the first yellow speed bumps launch his car well into the air, causing it to almost clear the second strip of bumps.

        Very please to hear Perez is okay, but don’t expect him to be back racing for three weeks if he has concussion. It’ll take that long for the bruising to the brain to go down and for the FIA to be happy he’s fit to race again. I expect Sauber’s reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez will be driving for the next couple of races.

    • foolsm8 said on 28th May 2011, 15:33

      They have been removed after the Rosberg crash this morning. And I think that was a good decision – could have been a lot worse for Perez if his car had been jumping over the bumps like Rosberg did.

      Overall I found the Perez crash not as scary to watch as Massa oder Kubica, but still it was a huge impact and some worring minutes. Just so glad he seems to be okay!

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