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A bodyguard working for the family of Sergio Perez has been allegedly shot during an attempted car robbery in Mexico, according to local reports.
In a video posted on Facebook by Guardia Nocturna, local media reported a member of the family’s security was injured during the incident in the Ladrón de Guevara neighbourhood in the municipality of his home town Guadalajara.
The news emerged just moments before Perez was due to take part in qualifying ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix with Red Bull for round five of the championship. He managed to seal ninth place on the grid ahead of Sunday’s race.
Perez revealed after the session that the individual is in ‘a good condition’ and confirmed that his family were unharmed during the incident.
“Basically they tried to rob the car of my security, and they hurt one of my security guys with one shot,” said the 31-year-old.
“But they basically tried to rob the car, and nothing else [is] going on. He is in a good condition. The police got the robbers. My family is good, thank you.”
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Ahead of the weekend, Perez said: “All the pressure is coming from myself.
“I really want to deliver to the maximum car potential, to where the team is operating at. The team hasn’t put any pressure on me, I know what kind of job I have to do so they don’t have to tell me what to do.
“The responsibility is with myself, it’s to deliver to my maximum. It’s not mainly to help Max, it’s to deliver, to be in the fight where the car needs to be. It’s as simple as that. I have to be where the car deserves to be and I wasn’t able to do that last weekend.
“I think if we take Barcelona out of the equation there’s no reason to be concerned. I think Barcelona was already done on Saturday due to some other reasons, but if we take that race away there are some positives and there is a lot of progress that’s been made.
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“These days, track time is very limited. When you start the weekend you go into practice and you have to really be on it, you don’t have a lot of time to even do a set up change or set up compromise. We go pretty blind into the race on Sunday.
“It is what it is, it’s the same for everyone at the end of the day, it just makes it harder for the drivers who have changed teams, having that limited amount of track time. So to me it doesn’t make a lot of sense to be chasing another direction because Max has proven that his direction works well and I certainly see good potential if I can get there.”
Perez often visits his home country, and last season he travelled between two races in mid-summer to see his mother, who was unwell at the time.
On his return though it was announced he contracted COVID-19 on his return from that visit and had to miss both races at Silverstone while he recovered.
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