Sergio Perez Red Bull car obliterated after frightening three-car Monaco GP crash

The Red Bull driver was involved in a huge crash with two other drivers at Monaco.

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A frightening crash involving Red Bull driver Sergio Perez and two other cars forced the Formula 1 2024 Monaco Grand Prix to be red-flagged on the first lap on Sunday.

The Mexican had started the race in 16th place, two places up from his qualifying position, after both Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg were disqualified from qualifying for having an illegal rear wing fitted.

But the narrow nature of the Monaco circuit proved to be the finisher for all three cars when Perez was sandwiched by the two Haas cars. His rear wing was caught by Magnussen and he was powerless to stop the RB20 from spinning into the barrier at high speed.

Magnussen attempted to go up the inside of the Red Bull on the way up the hill and paid a heavy price for an opportunistic move. With space running out, the Dane made contact with Perez’s car before he was unfortunately slammed into the barrier.

Magnussen followed him into the wall, while Hulkenberg was an unfortunate bystander as he was clipped while trying to avoid the accident.

The wreckage of Perez’s car showed just how serious a crash it was, with all four tyres mangled and the chassis of his car completely destroyed. Fortunately, all three drivers walked away seemingly escaping serious injury.

Magnussen blamed for the crash

Sky Sports F1 co-commentator Martin Brundle, in the studio for the race in Monaco, put the blame on Magnussen for the incident, describing the crash as “unnecessary”.

“It was unnecessary from Kevin Magnussen to keep his car there. There was a moment when K-Mag should have abandoned that,” Brundle said. “It was not worth the risk up there. You are fighting at the back against a Red Bull when you are not anywhere near alongside.”

Kevin Magnussen at 2024 Australian GP | Haas F1 Team
Kevin Magnussen at 2024 Australian GP | Haas F1 Team

It remains to be seen whether the FIA stewards will consider taking action against Magnussen, who is already on the verge of a race ban. He already has 10 penalty points on his superlicence and another penalty before the end of the season will see him miss a race for Haas.

It wasn’t the only crash on the first lap either. Carlos Sainz suffered a puncture after colliding with Oscar Piastri when vying for second position, while Esteban Ocon was propelled into the air by his team-mate Pierre Gasly after a bold move down the inside of Portier corner.

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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