Perez calls for rethink of Monaco chicane

Sergio Perez has called for a rethink of the layout of the seafront chicane in Monaco, saying something needs to be done to penalise those who cut it.

Perez tussled with Kevin Magnussen in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix with the Haas driver jumping the chicane in their battle.

Magnussen went onto finish the race ahead of Perez but was later handed a five-second time penalty for his antics.

He dropped to 14th while Perez moved up to P12.

“It’s very disappointing, you only have one move in Monaco, and you do it and the car ahead cuts the chicane, and then he’s aware that you’re there and there’s no more opportunities,” Perez told Autosport.

“It’s definitely something we’ve got to speak about.

“In all fairness to the car ahead he gives space but then he has nowhere to go.”

The Mexican driver reckons adding a chicane in the run-off area at the chicane, such as at Monza, would be a good deterrent.

“I think there has to be a little chicane for the people who cut the chicane to lose some time,” he added.

“It’s something we have to review over the next couple of races.”

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Lucky escape as Perez ‘nearly kills’ marshals

Sergio Perez was left shaken after he almost ran over two marshals under Safety Car conditions in the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Safety Car came out after a puncture for Charles Leclerc caused debris from his SF90 to be sprayed all over the streets of Monte Carlo.

The Racing Point driver was emerging from the pits after fitting the hard compound tyres when he was met with two marshals collecting debris at the pit exit.

Sergio Perez almost runs over marshals in the Monaco Grand Prix.

“During the Safety Car I had a marshal nearly run into me,” Perez told the media. “I nearly ran over two marshals!

“That was really bad. They were just running back and I was coming out of the pits. I had to brake, and they were very lucky that I avoided them.”

The incident was captured by the on-board camera of Perez’s Racing Point, and the Mexican admitted that he was shocked by the incident, highlighting that Monaco is one of the best-run events on the Formula 1 calendar.

“They’re normally very good,” he said. “It’s obviously safety, at the end of the day it’s most important the safety for the marshals and drivers.”

Perez instantly jumped on team radio after the near-miss to make sure that the marshals were unhurt. “What was wrong with those marshals? I nearly killed him,” he said at the time.

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Formula 1 must ‘change dramatically’ says Perez

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez has warned there will be mass driver exits unless Formula 1 make the Championship more about drivers.

Liberty Media plan to bring sweeping changes into the sport from 2021, and Perez has warned that they must return the focus in Formula 1 to driver ability rather than car performance or he and many other drivers will not want to continue.

“I think what F1 has to do is to make this a Drivers’ Championship instead of a team Championship,” Perez told Motorsport.com.

“Over the last years it has got worse and at the moment it is just a teams’ Championship, it is not a Drivers’ Championship. It is everything related to your car potential, which is a big shame for the sport, for the drivers.

“There are fantastic drivers who will probably never have the opportunity to stand on the podium due to the lack of competitiveness that you get through your career. I think it is a fundamental issue and F1 has to change massively.

“I am really looking forward to the 2021 rules to see if that happens because I’ve been too long [like this]. I don’t want to be any longer in a Championship that is teams related, so hopefully the drivers in the future can do a bit more to make the difference.”

Perez spoke of how “frustrating” it is just to turn up for a race weekend right now, knowing that even a podium position is unlikely due to Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull’s dominance as the sport’s top three.

“Imagine how frustrating it is to come here knowing that you are fighting to be best of the rest,” he stressed.

“People struggle to understand, but it is not like tennis or golf where you have some equipment but it is up to the tennis player or the golf player to deliver.

“You go there and you don’t know where you are going to finish. Here you come and everyone knows more or less where you are going to finish. So that is something that has to change dramatically in the sport to make it better, otherwise it will be a massive problem for the future.”

Sergio Perez has warned that Formula 1 must look to put the focus back on driver ability with the 2021 overhaul.

With those complaints in mind, Perez wants Liberty’s 2021 changes to focus on ways in which they can bring the midfield and the top three together.

“The people in charge of the rules are trying hard to give all the teams the same opportunities,” he said. “Obviously they are fantastic teams and so on, but I think one of the big issues is resources.

“You are competing with teams that have three or four times more resources than you, and it has been like that for many years. So the structures that they are able to build compared to yours are simply not possible. I think that is one of the issues.

“Also make more standard cars. Keep the technology in place to keep attracting manufacturers which F1 needs, but we want to see the best driver winning – not the best car.

“For me as a fan and as a driver it is what I want from F1 very soon. Otherwise, it gets less interesting.”

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