Sergio Perez swears in radio message as F1 GP crash hands Verstappen title boost

F1 preview: A lap of the Monaco Grand Prix

Sergio Perez has been handed a major blow to his championship challenge after crashing out of qualifying at the Monaco Grand Prix. Perez slid off at turn one, smashing into the side of the barrier and destroying his rear right hand side.

The Mexican lost control of his car at turn one after carrying too much speed into the corner. The impact ripped the rear right tyre off its hinges and left Perez out on the spot. 

After the accident, Perez issued an X-rated message over team radio but confirmed he was alright after the collision. He said over team radio: “”F****. I crashed, I crashed. I’m okay.”

Sky Sports F1 commentator Martin Brundle pointed out that Pierre Gasly’s car leaving the pits just metres away could have distracted the 33-year-old. Brundle also warned the accident could have done more damage than first meets the eye. 

He explained: “That’ll need a new gearbox as well. He’s carried too much speed in there though. Maybe he was slightly distracted by the Alpine on the inside that was minding its own business in the pitlane. 

That looked like way too much speed didn’t it. I don’t think Sergio ever really made that corner.” Perez completed a lap before his shunt leaving many sure he would qualify 15th at a minimum.

However, last year’s Monaco Grand Prix race winner dropped to the back of the field as the session restarted and the track condition’s improved. His position means Red Bull could decide to change some parts on the car ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix. 

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