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. Thoughts are with Perez, his family & the Sauber team at this time. We hope for a speedy recovery and to see him back on the track soon… Thankfully this one was not serious, despite the destroyed car and the huge impact…

  2. Kubica’s crash at Montreal was scary.. this and Massa’s crash looked like a walk in the park.

    • Hamish said on 28th May 2011, 15:37

      Thank you. Im not going to have a rant about “the good old days” but such the cotton wool society of these days that it just takes a tocuh of the barriers for one to have their thoughts with the family of the driver.

      Bad shunt yes, but there was never any doubt that he would live to fight another day.

    • Mike (@mike) said on 28th May 2011, 15:48

      I don’t think that is appropriate.

      • Owl said on 28th May 2011, 16:07

        I agree with Mike. I’d rather have a ‘cotton wool society’, than another F1 funeral…

    • Torg said on 28th May 2011, 16:05

      Stupid comment. You call getting your head nearly taken off by a bit of flying debris a walk in the park?

      Anybody else think that Rosberg was EXCEPTIONALLY lucky this morning? He looked as if he was carrying more speed than Perez and would of been head on with the wall if he was one more metre to the right.

  3. Kev (@) said on 28th May 2011, 15:20

    Just hope he is unhurt and is hopefully back to racing still with the same level of physical and mental fitness.

    And hope they do something to that bump since the track is going to be used by many drivers if they try a move around the inside after the tunnel.

    Get well soon Perez!

  4. Malibu_GP said on 28th May 2011, 15:25

    Seeing that accident reminded Me of the old days initially. Then, I thought of the modern safety standards now employed and felt very hopeful while awaiting word. That incredibly horrifying feeling that Im glad to say I’ve become somewhat unfamiliar with, was fleeting today. I must say though, once I knew He was basically fine I felt horror of a different sort…

  5. The Last Pope said on 28th May 2011, 15:48

    Does anyone feel that these sheets that get held up do a little too much grief to people watching by making them think the situation is far worse than it actually is? Perez’ father must have been having that nightmare feeling watching that.

    Obviously if the situation is bad, sheets should be used, but for what might only be buised knees?

  6. damon said on 28th May 2011, 16:30

    i highly doubt he will race tomorrow but i hope he isn’t seriously injured

  7. Blazingfeet said on 28th May 2011, 19:22

    For the sort of comments I’ve been reading here, I would have thought the car had split in two revealing much of his legs and burst into flames among straw bales with marshals trying to preserve what was left of the car not assist with the timely evacuation of the driver.

    ‘Motor racing is dangerous!’ used to be the commonly recognised slogan. For F1 it should be; ‘F1 is for pansies!’

    30 years ago, F1 drivers and alike were paid good money ‘danger money’ for a valid reason. Today they are over pampered and over paid.

    These days I find down hill skiing much more dangerous, skilful and entertaining.

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