Red Bull’s Sergio Checo Perez crashes in Monaco Grand Prix qualifiers placing last

Checo's triumphant past shadowed by sudden crash, turning his Monaco race from dream to challenging last-place start.

During the qualifying races of the Monaco Grand Prix, Mexican Sergio Checo Perez was eliminated in the first round after suffering an accident that caused a red flag in the competition, and the definitive suspension of the competition with about 11 minutes to go.

The positions so far have Max Verstappen, the teammate of the Mexican in Red Bull, in first place in the qualifying race, followed by Tsunoda and Albon. With Perez, Sargeant, Magnussen, Hulkenberg, and Zhou were also eliminated.

Sergio Perez will be the last place starter during Sunday's race. Credit: F1
Sergio Perez will be the last-place starter during Sunday’s race. Credit: F1

Sergio Perez will start from the last place on the grid

The actions seemed to go quite in Sergio’s favor. During the first of actions, in the qualifying simulation races, the Mexican was beaten by his teammate by just 0.073 seconds, which positioned him as one of the favorites to take the pole position or at least the top 3 on Sunday.

Below appeared Aston Martin’s Lanza Paseo, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, and Mc Laren’s Lando Norris with more than 166 seconds difference each, compared to Dutch Max Verstappen, who obtained a time of 1:12.776 during the first rounds.

During the qualifying round, Sergio Perez was looking to do a lap but went wide and ended up crashing into the bar that limits the track space, causing one of his rear tires to go completely off track. Fortunately, he is out of danger and has no physical repercussions.

“I crashed” is the only thing that can be heard on the radio of the Mexican driver, who returned to the garage in perfect health but marked with the number 20 in the standings.

This is a very bad stumble for Perez’s record on this track. Last year he was the undisputed winner at the circuit on May 27, 28 and 29, 2022. His teammate took third place on the podium, and in second place was Carlos Sainz Jr. The Mexican’s time for 64 laps was 1:56:30.265.

“It’s a dream come true. As a driver, you dream of winning here. After your home race, I think there is no other race more special than winning”, were the words the Mexican said after getting his first big win of the season, thus taking the 25 points.