Pérez ruled out of Monaco race
28 May 2011 – Sauber has stated that Sergio Pérez will definitely not be starting tomorrow's 78-lap Monaco Grand Prix, confirming a widely expected outcome after the Mexican's violent crash at the Nouvelle Chicane this afternoon. The Hinwil-based squad also explained that the cause of the accident is still being investigated, but Technical Director James Key believes Pérez will be able to shed more light on the situation shortly.
"Of course we are very relieved that Sergio wasn’t seriously injured," Team Principal Peter Sauber commented. "Up to the accident he was doing very well in qualifying, and also better than expected as he had outperformed all his direct competitors. For Kamui it didn’t go too well in qualifying, but we know what his skills are and expect them to play a role in tomorrow’s race."
Key added: "First and foremost we are obviously relieved with the reports that Sergio is okay. It’s always very worrying for a team when you see an accident of that magnitude, so it’s good to hear that he is fundamentally okay. We are looking into what happened. There is no indication at the moment from the data we have seen that there was a problem with the car. But we have to talk to Sergio to investigate further what happened."
Pérez to remain in hospital overnight