“It Hurt a Lot…”: Red Bull’s Sergio Perez Affirms Worrying News Ahead of British GP

Published 06/22/2022, 3:29 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 12, 2022 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Mexican driving sensation Sergio Perez suffered a neck injury in Canada! He had been in tremendous form until the Canadian GP and had even taken the flag in Monaco. There have been continuous podiums for the Red Bull driver, with many hailing him another contender for the 2022 World Title.

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Contrary to Red Bull only backing Max Verstappen, they prepared themselves to back both drivers after Monaco. The team was clear that the championship is important, with either one of them winning a possibility. Safe to say, Perez’s second season has skillfully glued him to the car so well that he can even beat his teammate at times.

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However, Checo has had his share of bad luck. He had an unfortunate crash in Q2 during the Canadian GP and had to start P13. The Mexican driver also injured his neck, but realized it only two days later. In an interview, he revealed, “The start of the week is always hard after such a bad day but I’m fine, recovering from my neck because I have a strong contracture after the crash, which I didn’t feel. It hurt a lot but in general, everything was fine.”

Checo is actually only working towards his neck injury ahead of Silverstone. He said, “Each race is different, right now I am preparing for the strong contracture I had in my neck and I don’t exercise, I am in pure neck therapy to be at Silverstone at 100 percent…” (quotes translated using google)

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Perez will look forward to extending his lead on the table after a tough weekend in Canada. Sadly, he could not even finish the race due to a gearbox issue.

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Sergio Perez is a serious title contender

Perez currently stands second on the table with 129 points in his bag. Despite yet another DNF, he remained ahead of Charles Leclerc. However, with Red Bull presenting strong performances each week, one won’t be surprised if he bounces back and pulls away from the Ferrari man.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 12, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside second place Red Bull’s Sergio Perez REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Checo has driven the RB-18 absolutely skillfully. His pace on street circuits has even gotten him a pole position this season. Can he mount a challenge for the Driver’s Championship? Will his injury affect him at Silverstone?

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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