(Motorsport-Total.com) – The Monumental Prix of Italy in Monza had actually started promisingly for Sergio Perez. Having started the race from fourth on the grid, the Racing Point driver kept this Direct within striking distance of the podium: “It looked so good! But when the chaos started, everything went wrong,” he sums up.
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His personal drama began with the pit stop during the Security Vehicle Piece, triggered by the failure of Kevin Magnussen (Haas) near the pit entrance. As a result, it was closed for a short time and only reopened in round 15, when the damaged bolide was safely removed
Like the majority of the field, Perez also got new tires, but was stuck at the pit entrance behind Lando Norris (McLaren). He drove extra slowly and kept a generous distance to the front to buy his crew some time. Because team-mate Carlos Sainz stopped immediately in front of him. The victim of the arrangement back was Perez.
Perez: Norris in the field “excessively slow”
“Norris left a gap in the pit lane. That was really weak. I’m surprised that he didn’t get a penalty for this, but okay”, the Racing Point driver sums up angrily and rages: Norris did not only drive “excessively slow”, but his behavior was also “dangerous”.
The incident was investigated by the race management, but no punishment for Norris was offered. Doubly bitter for Perez, who fell behind not only because of the arrangement back with the McLaren: “We then had a bad pit stop and I lost a few positions.” Back on the track he creep outside the top 10.
Contact with Verstappen: After this maneuver, Perez continued to lose ground zoom 236907 Download
The re-open after the security vehicle piece was anything but intestine. “Verstappen drove into Turn 2 and pushed me away. The car was damaged in the process,” explains Perez, who thereupon except for the 15. Rank fell behind. At the restart after the accident with Charles Leclerc including the red flag, Perez was fourteenth.
After contact with Verstappen: car damaged
Despite the damage to the car, the Racing Point driver still made it into the points: “The obvious thing is that me I was able to recover to finish tenth and get a point – and the team had a great designate with Lance crossing the finish line. ” Teammate Stroll made it onto the podium in third place.
A place that Perez had speculated on at the beginning. But it shouldn’t be. “We gave everything, but luck wasn’t on our side,” he says. “Congratulations to Lance and the team, it’s a great result. It was a disappointing designate on my part. Anything that could go wrong went wrong.”