Red Bull driver Sergio Perez had a dismal race at the Monaco Grand Prix over the weekend, having crashed out of qualifying in Q1, which led to him lining up last for Sunday’s race. Perez was lapped twice by his team-mate and race winner Max Verstappen, who now leads the championship by 39 points. Despite it being his first scoreless race of the season, Perez remarked that his mistake was “very costly” and “unacceptable” and apologised to his entire team for his performance.
However, Perez had “started the race really well” and was running in 15th place by lap 30, but he later fell back down the order after several incidents and a period of rain. On lap 34, Perez made contact with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen at the chicane, which broke his front wing. He later said that he had “no idea what was going on” during the incident but had “quite some damage”.
Despite this, the Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was optimistic about Perez‘s progress. He explained that Perez‘s poor results were due to his crash during qualifying, which put him on the back foot. He also claimed that Perez had been within a pit window of Ocon before getting stuck behind slow-moving traffic.
Horner revealed that the team had taken a “really aggressive strategy,” stopping on lap one, and that Perez had gotten back within a pit window of Esteban Ocon, before getting involved in a kerfuffle with George Russell, which ultimately damaged his front wing. However, Horner was optimistic about Perez‘s future, stating that it’s been “just one of those weekends” for him and that the sooner he can get to Barcelona, the better.