Frustrated Sergio Perez points finger at Haas after ‘totally unnecessary’ tangle

Sergio Perez endured a diastrous Monaco GP weekend, from Q1 knockout to a first-lap crash for Red Bull

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A desolate Sergio Perez admitted his first-lap 2024 Monaco Grand Prix crash with Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg was completely avoidable as his torrid Monte Carlo weekend ended just two corners into the race.

Perez qualified a sorry 18th but was promoted two positions when the Haas pair were disqualified from qualifying and sent to the back of the grid due to the DRS slot on their rear wings being found to be too wide.

However, Perez lost ground at the start and Magnussen attempted an optimistic sneak on the right heading up the hill from Sainte Devote, which cost both drivers when Perez cut across his front wing expecting the Dane to yield position.

“It’s a little bit shaky overall, but it was just an immense crash, one I’m really disappointed about,” Perez told Sky Sports F1. “I think it was totally unnecessary at that point of the race, where we were starting there was no need for that.

“I’ve done hurt manoeuvres many, many times and at some point, you have just two options: lift or have a contact, and I think it was just unnecessary the speeds we were doing and it was a massive contact.”

Perez explains how he ended up battling Haas

Sergio Perez’s Red Bull car in pieces after opening lap 2024 Monaco GP crash | Formula 1
Sergio Perez’s Red Bull car in pieces after opening lap 2024 Monaco GP crash | Formula 1

Perez blamed traffic for his Q1 elimination 24 hours before his Monaco GP ended in tatters, and said it was congestion that forced him back into Magnussen‘s clutches too after a strong initial getaway.

The Dane had overtaken his teammate up the inside of turn one before attempting to pick up another position against Perez. Starting on hard tyres, Perez dispelled any notion that the slow rubber was to blame for his falling down the order though, as the pressure mounts with his Red Bull contract expiring at the end of 2024.

“It was just because I had a really good start but I was in the wrong position into turn one,” Perez added. “Naturally, fitting two cars into turn one is really difficult so I locked up and that was simply it, it was important to take things a little bit calmer, there was no reason to take so much risk on lap one.”

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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