Japanese GP: Perez sure crash won't spoil weekend

Sergio Perez does not think his big crash in second Japanese Grand Prix practice will hamper his weekend too badly

Japanese GP: Perez sure crash won't spoil weekend

The McLaren driver went off at Spoon early in the Friday afternoon session at Suzuka, sidelining him after just eight laps.

He will be forced to revert to chassis #1 for the remainder of the weekend.

"On the entry I put a wheel on the AstroTurf and lost the back end," said Perez.

"There is not much room so I went straight into the wall.

"Unfortunately I think we lost quite a lot of work today, especially for the high-fuel run and to feel how the option tyre was performing.

"But I'm looking forward to tomorrow, I'm feeling comfortable with the car so I think we can recover."

Perez confirmed that he was unhurt in the crash and that a delay in exiting his McLaren was not due to any discomfort.

"The marshals didn't want me to get out of the car, they were waiting, which was the main reason," he said.

His team-mate Jenson Button said the crashes for Perez and other drivers on Friday showed what set Suzuka apart from other F1 tracks.

"It's unforgiving," said Button. "I obviously don't like seeing accidents like Checo's but you can see this circuit does not forgive and you have to give it a lot of respect."

shares
comments
Japanese GP practice quotes: McLaren
Previous article

Japanese GP practice quotes: McLaren

Next article

Japanese GP: Friday's press conference

Japanese GP: Friday's press conference
The pioneering pair who brought a new glory era to an F1 heavyweight  Plus

The pioneering pair who brought a new glory era to an F1 heavyweight 

With the team’s founder now retired and a new boss at the helm, change was coming to Brabham – change that would shape the future of Formula 1. In the third part of our four-part history of Brabham, DAMIEN SMITH examines the effect Bernie Ecclestone had on the team

The combination behind the Silverstone racing battles Hamilton called "F1 at its best" Plus

The combination behind the Silverstone racing battles Hamilton called "F1 at its best"

OPINION: The late battling in the British Grand Prix wowed Formula 1 fans and surely represents the best racing action of the season so far. And there was a cocktail of factors that created the action, from which Carlos Sainz emerged as a popular new winner

How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine Plus

How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine

OPINION: Ferrari won the British Grand Prix with Carlos Sainz, but it ultimately cost Charles Leclerc a chance to make a bigger dent in Max Verstappen's title lead by leaving the Monegasque out on old tyres towards the end. Like Monaco, indecision over strategy proved to be the Scuderia's biggest issue - and if the team doesn't reflect, the headache can only intensify

Formula 1
Jul 5, 2022
The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost Plus

The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost

Formula 1 has a newest race winner, in a grand prix the victor appeared to have lost twice, only to charge back to headline a sensational and dramatic British Grand Prix. From a massive start crash to a late sprint finish, here’s how five factors saw Carlos Sainz take his maiden grand prix win

Formula 1
Jul 4, 2022
Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga Plus

Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga

The appearance of a revised Aston Martin in Spain caused controversy but PAT SYMONDS explains why the FIA investigation found the Silverstone team had no case to answer

Formula 1
Jul 3, 2022
Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone Plus

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone

After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jul 2, 2022
Why the future is bright for the British GP Plus

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Formula 1
Jul 1, 2022
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022