Sergio Pérez accuses Magnussen of ‘harmful driving’ after Monaco crash

Sergio Pérez accuses Magnussen of ‘harmful driving’ after Monaco crash

Sergio Pérez has condemned Kevin Magnussen for “harmful driving” after the pair have been concerned in an enormous accident on the Monaco Grand Prix and the Pink Bull driver accused the Dane of being wilfully foolhardy when racing, after the Mexican was fortunate to have the ability to climb from the wreckage of his automobile.

On the opening lap at Monte Carlo going up the hill after flip one, Pérez, who had began in sixteenth in entrance of the 2 Haas drivers, Magnussen and Nico Hülkenberg, was clipped from behind by Magnussen at about 150mph. The Mexican’s automobile speared into the limitations after which rebounded throughout the monitor into the opposite wall. Within the course of each Haas automobiles have been ­collected and severely broken.

When Pérez got here to a halt, all that was left of his automobile was the cockpit survival cell, with just one wheel, simply held on by its tether. The remainder of it had been strewn as disintegrating particles throughout the monitor by the power of the impression. All three drivers emerged unscathed, a outstanding tribute to the security requirements of F1 automobiles, however the FIA, Formulation One’s governing physique, selected to not examine the accident, leaving Pérez livid.

“This was extra harmful driving, simply to maintain it flat out understanding that there was going to come back contact in some unspecified time in the future,” he stated. “I feel that was some harmful driving. We have to ask for a motive why it’s not been investigated as a result of with out an investigation we don’t get a motive why it wasn’t a penalty. I’m actually shocked.”

Pérez seems to be shaken up after the crash in Monte Carlo. {Photograph}: Clive Rose/Getty Photos

Romain Grosjean was equally lucky to flee a fair worse impression at Bahrain in 2020 when his automobile speared into the limitations and burst into flames. His life was saved by the survival cell, the halo cockpit safety system and the marshals. The incident at Monaco is without doubt one of the most severe since then, alongside Lando Norris’s crash in qualifying at Spa in 2021 and when Zhou Guanyu was despatched vertically into the catch fencing at Silverstone in 2022.

Magnussen, who was penalised for his driving at three successive races this season– the Chinese language GP, the dash in Miami, and the Miami GP – placing his penalty factors as much as 10, two wanting a race ban, insisted Pérez ought to have left him house and accused him of compacting him into the wall. Nevertheless Pérez rejected this and was damning in his evaluation of the Dane’s angle to driving.

“I don’t suppose he actually thinks in regards to the end result,” Pérez stated. “You typically end up ready and it’s important to take a really fast resolution to say: ‘There’s just one approach of it and it’s going to be contact, so I’d higher again out.’ However he’ll go for the contact.”

The Pink Bull group principal, Christian Horner, additionally expressed shock the incident was not investigated however praised how effectively the automobile had protected his driver. “It was a horrible trying accident and your coronary heart is in your mouth at that time,” he stated. “The construction and the halo and all the pieces did its job. Most necessary is Checo was in a position to stroll away from what seemed a really nasty incident unscathed.”

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