Perez escapes Monaco shunt

Posted: May 28, 2011 in F1 qualifying, Formula 1
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Mexican rookie Sergio Perez is reported to be in good condition this evening after a major accident in the final moments of today’s qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Exiting the tunnel on his first flying lap of Q3, Perez appeared to be several feet away from the correct racing line as he prepared to brake for the harbour-front chicane.  His Sauber became unstable as it travelled over bumps in the braking zone, veering to the right and striking the Armco barriers.  With its right rear wheel now missing and its driver powerless to regain control, the car travelled across the chicane at high speed before striking the end of another barrier side-on.  The accident came just hours after Nico Rosberg had avoided a head-on impact by inches in the same circumstances.

Though his car has yet to be fully examined, TV footage suggested that the deformable crash structures on the side of Sergio’s car had performed well, protecting the driver from the brunt of the impact.  Mention must also be made of the energy-absorbent TECPRO barriers, which were capable not only of cushioning the blow but of being used again without the need for replacement when qualifying resumed.

In a statement, the Sauber team said, “The 21-year-old Mexican was taken to the Hospital Princess Grace in Monaco from where the team received further information at 16:25 hrs.  The doctors said Perez had suffered concussion and a sprained thigh, but no broken bones and, following a scan, they could find no further injuries.  The reason for the accident will be investigated and the team will update the media as soon as it has any further information.”

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