Perez says his accident last year won't hold him back

Sergio Perez is certain that the memory of his crash at the chicane during qualifying for last year's Monaco Grand Prix will not hold him back this year

Perez says his accident last year won't hold him back

The Mexican suffered a concussion when he hit the barrier and was forced to miss both the race and the Canadian Grand Prix because of the after-effects.

But while he expects it to be tough when he returns to the scene of the accident at speed for the first time today during morning practice, he does not expect it to make any difference.

"My mind will be completely fresh," said Perez. "I will never forget the accident but I will try to go as quick as possible.

"After as big an accident as last year, it's not easy. But I'm looking forward to getting back on this track and to recover well and fight for position and for every single tenth."

The track has been modified since Perez's accident, with the barrier moved back by 14.6 metres and the bumps smoothed out.

The Mexican has inspected the changes and is pleased with the modifications that have been made as a result of his accident.

"I've seen it and I think they've done a good job," he said. "It's important we keep working on safety for all of us.

"It's important that we consider every accident we have to get more experience. It's a positive change."

Perez admitted that he does not feel completely safe at Monaco because of the proximity to the walls. Despite that, he is hopeful of being in the mix for a top three finish.

"You are very tight to the wall, which is not a very nice feeling," said Perez. "But it's Monaco and that's why this track is so special.

"Last year, I was in a great position [in qualifying]. I could have had a great race but I was unlucky with the accident. This year, with the car we have and being so close to the top, our target has to be to fight for the podium."

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