Pérez switches to spare chassis
12 October 2013 – McLaren driver Sergio Pérez will use the team's spare chassis for the remainder of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend, after crashing heavily during second practice.
Having clipped a grass verge upon entry to the high speed Turn 13, the Mexican lost control of his car and slammed into the exit barriers, causing significant damage.
"My accident during FP2 was my error," admitted Pérez. "I was setting the car up for the entry to Spoon, put my right-rear wheel onto the grass, and just lost the back end.
"At the speed I was travelling, and with little run-off, there wasn't much room to scrub off speed so I went straight into the wall. The impact was hard, but fortunately I'm fine."
Pérez ended the opening day in 16th position; team-mate Jenson Button was ninth.