Sergio Perez finds scapegoat for ‘completely disastrous’ Monaco GP Q1 exit

Sergio Perez was dumped out of Q1 in qualifying for the 2024 Monaco GP, half a second behind Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen

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Sergio Perez believes he would’ve reached Q2 at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix if he hadn’t encountered traffic on his final Q1 lap, as he was dumped out of the first qualifying session in Monte Carlo for the second successive season while Max Verstappen was sixth.

It’s a crippling blow for Perez after the 2023 Monaco GP sent his season into a tailspin as he also failed to reach Q3 for the next four races, with plenty of the 15 surviving drivers in Q1 this time around also encountering traffic.

Perez was over half a second away from Verstappen and almost two-tenths behind 15th-placed Esteban Ocon who survived in the consensus worst car on the Formula 1 grid while Fernando Alonso joined the Mexican as a surprise early elimination.

“I mean, I was half a second off P1 so it was just a complete disaster, unfortunately,” Perez told the media.

“It was a disaster, firstly on my lap, I encountered a lot of traffic into [turns] six and seven so I had to avoid all of that, ended up losing a couple of tenths that would have been enough to get through.”

Perez: The weekend is totally over for us

Sergio Perez ahead of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Sergio Perez ahead of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

The Monaco GP weekend was projected to be a challenge for Red Bull after Lando Norris had matched Verstappen over the last two races at Imola and Miami. However, a first and second place was still a fantastic return compared to fourth and eighth for Perez who was also eliminated in Q2 at the Emilia Romagna GP.

He managed fifth in Monaco FP3 but was three-tenths behind Verstappen and always appeared up against it as the field continues to close the gap to the RB20, but even against that pessimism this was a galling result.

“Basically the weekend is totally over because here there is no chance to overtake unfortunately,” Perez added. “This morning we were finding the line, I was P5, we made some more changes but unfortunately, there were not enough to come through

“It hurts a lot because I think just by putting a normal lap in, it would have been enough but with the traffic that we encountered it was really difficult.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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