During the Monaco Grand Prix qualifying session, Sergio Perez suffered a costly incident as he lost control of his Red Bull RB19 at Sainte Devote, damaging the left-rear corner of his car. The accident brought out the red flag, causing sizeable damage to the Mexican’s car and his chances of a good result at Monaco. Perez later expressed his shock and disappointment at the incident, acknowledging that he had pushed the car too hard and become a passenger, with nothing he could do to recover it. The closeness of the grid, coupled with the limit-pushing nature of the track progression, meant that his first flying lap was pushed down to last. This has left Perez with an impossible task to salvage any kind of result on the narrow streets of the principality.
Christian Horner, Red Bull‘s team principal, believes that Perez became distracted by the Alpine on the right-hand side and misjudged the first turn, trying to carry too much speed through it. He said that Perez will be “kicking himself” for the mistake and that the team might have to change the chassis as a precaution, which would result in a pitlane start. Horner explained that in the past, when Max started from a similar position, he only just made it into the top 10, so the team’s target for Perez is to score some points, given that it is likely to be a one-stop race. The race will be a difficult one for Perez, who expressed his disappointment and apologies to the team for letting them down.