After crashing into the hurdles during qualifying in Montreal, Sergio Perez’s difficult Grand Prix weekend went from bad to worse after he withdrew from the race with a gearbox problem.
As a result of his Q2 crash, Perez started the race all the way down in P13, but had made his way to 10th place after a good start when he was forced to stop at Turn 8 on lap 8. A gearbox problem proved the culprit, ending a weekend Perez wouldn’t look back on fondly.
“It was a weekend to quickly forget,” said Perez. “We think it was a gearbox problem and unfortunately I got stuck in gear. It looked good, I had a good start, I was on the hard tire and making progress.
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“I finally had Daniel [Ricciardo] in the McLaren out of the DRS zone, and it should have been a race where I could have made my way through the field, so it’s a big shame. I felt I had a lot of potential in my race to make up a lot of places and get good points. †
This is now Sergio Perez’s second retirement of the season – after Bahrain – making it Red Bull’s fourth retirement in total after Max Verstappen also withdrew from the race in Bahrain and Australia. And with both championships in mind, Perez begged his team to fix their reliability issues.
“We have to maintain reliability because a zero, when you’re fighting for the championship, is very painful and costly,” said Perez, who maintained his P2 in the standings despite the DNF, but is now 46 points adrift. Verstappen. “You go into new regulations and there will always be new problems. Today hurts a lot, it was a weekend to forget for me, so I want to forget today and move on to Silverstone.”
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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner sympathized with his frustrated driver and said his team planned to investigate the issue to try and ensure there are no more repeats – with Red Bull now leading Ferrari in the constructors’ position with 76 points.
“It was a frustrating weekend for Checo and we think he had a gearbox problem,” said Horner. “So we have to get the car back and see what happened … He has now had as many mechanical failures as Max and we have to understand and deal with that.”