Sergio Perez has said that the damage to his car ‘isn’t too bad’ following his crash towards the end of FP2 in Monza.
Perez clipped the edge of the gravel during FP2 at Monza. This sent his car into a spin, sliding across the gravel and tapping the wall before getting beached, causing a brief red flag for the session so his car could be safely removed.
Speaking after the session to Racefans, Perez has commented on the incident. He said:
“I understeered off on the exit and tried to keep it nailed.
“I thought I had it under control, but then I just touched a little bit of the gravel, and that was game over.”
Fortunately for Red Bull and Perez, the damage to the car doesn’t seem to be severe meaning he should have no problems going into tomorrow’s third practice session. He added:
“It doesn’t look too bad to me, the damage, the hit was fairly small.
“I don’t think we lost anything at the end, I think two laps. So nothing representative in that regard.”
This isn’t the first time that the six-time race winner has found himself in a barrier during practice in recent times. He also crashed during FP1 at the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier in the season.
Accidents are not a sign of things to come
Despite the crash, Perez was also keen to highlight the positives that came during the time he did spend on the track. The Mexican said:
“The positive is that the car is performing well. I’m feeling comfortable with it and I think we are in a good position for the rest of the weekend.
“I really felt like we had a very strong Friday. I think definitely this has been the best Friday in a while for us.”
The Red Bull driver has struggled to bring a challenge to teammate Max Verstappen in recent races, last beating the Dutch driver 10 races ago in Azerbaijan. Since Baku, Verstappen has won all nine races with Perez making an appearance on the podium in just four of those races.
Confidence remains high despite the crash, with the Red Bull man confident of a good result in Monza, where he will be looking to prevent Verstappen from breaking Sebastian Vettel’s record for consecutive wins.
“We’ve been working really hard. I think we’ve found some positive steps in the car so hopefully we can show it all tomorrow and on Sunday.”
Perez finished the session with the third quickest lap, behind the McLaren of Lando Norris in P2 and the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz in P1.
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