“Crashgate!”: Red Bull’s Emergency Work on Sergio Perez’s Car Leaves the F1 Twitterati Cooking Crazy Theories

Published 03/19/2023, 12:08 PM EDT

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We’re within reach of the 3rd edition of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix commencing. The Jeddah Corniche street circuit has given us two epic races in the past, and this time around, too, the race presents a tantalizing prospect for all fans. Yesterday’s qualifying session has already amped the drama up as Max Verstappen DNF-ed during the session and will start the race from 15th today. But if you thought the miseries of Red Bull were done, then this Sergio Perez news may be a disappointment to you.

Sergio Perez will start today’s race on pole with Spaniard Fernando Alonso starting alongside him in the front row. Be that as it may, the Mexican’s ambitions of winning the race may have come under threat even before the event starts.


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With less than two hours to go before the race starts, Red Bull mechanics have started working on Perez’s car. On the face of it, this may just be a benign procedure. However, fans on Twitter have started cooking up weird theories and conspiracies!

Fans react as mysterious work starts on RB19 of Sergio Perez hours before Saudi Arabian GP

As soon as this news went viral, Formula 1 fans raced to the social networking platform, Twitter, to share their reactions. Safe to say, F1 fans are very imaginative and creative. Naturally, they’ve been busy hyping the race up by going off with crazy conspiracy theories.

One fan even commented, “CRASHGATE! CRASHGATE!”

Let’s take a look at just a few of the fan reactions from this latest Saudi GP development.


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Amongst the people who reacted, there were apparently a few Ferrari fans, too!

But amongst all the chatter, fans were theorizing Perez’s downfall for the benefit of Max Verstappen.

Verstappen will be starting from essentially the back of the grid today. But what if Perez can’t make it to the end? Verstappen has already shown his prowess to slice through the field. Well, fans think that’s what F1 fans are proposing.


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The Saudi Arabian GP is quickly becoming one of the most hyped races. With both Verstappen and Charles Leclerc starting out of position, and Alonso in the front row, what will the 2023 Saudi Arabian podium look like post-race?



Anirban Aly Mandal

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Anirban Aly Mandal is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. In his pursuit for a Bachelor's degree in Law from Symbiosis Law School, he has written multiple academic papers centered around the domain of motorsports. Not only that, but due to his love for F1, he aims to work as a legal advisor in the most prestigious racing series in the world some day.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai