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“Karma Is a God”: Sergio Perez’s Fishy Past Comes Back to Haunt Him as Max Verstappen Handed Advantage After Brutal Crash Leaving Fans Shell Shocked

Published 05/27/2023, 10:47 AM EDT

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Generally, in Formula 1, a race is won or lost on a Sunday. But at Monaco, the stakes are the highest on Qualifying Day. Monaco isn’t your usual circuit, let alone your usual street circuit. Overtaking is virtually impossible, ask Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, or Nigel Mansell. Naturally, all the 20 drivers have the pressure turned up to 100 on Saturday in the principality. But if there’s one driver you’d count on to deliver, it has to be the king of the streets, Sergio Perez, right?

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The Mexican has gone out of Q1 this year, though. Hence, he will not participate in the remainder of the session and has virtually doomed his chance to get back-to-back wins at Monaco. Last year’s Monaco GP winner got his pole position secured after crashing in Q3. However, this time around, he tried employing that tactic two sessions too early! After binning his RB19 into the barriers at Sainte Devote, Perez retired from the Qualifying session.


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Given his reputation of being unbeatable when it comes to street circuits, Perez was the one on whom the hopes of F1 fans were pinning. However, after two consecutive Quali crashes in two years, he seems to have dashed those hopes. Naturally, fans were quick to call him out for this on social media.

Fans react as Sergio Perez crashes out of Monaco GP Qualifying

As soon as Perez crashed out of Qualifying at Monaco, fans rushed to the social media platform, Twitter to share their reactions. One fan even commented, “Karma is a god,” while referring to Perez’s crash last year that resulted in him securing pole.

Let’s take a look at just a few of the fan reactions to this Sergio Perez crash.


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Fans were also quick to call Perez out for his crashing antics last year.

Safe to say, Perez may have doomed his chances of getting a decent result here tomorrow. However, Checo has also taken a hit on his reputation as the king of the streets!


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Now that he is out of the equation, Max Verstappen has a clear run for pole, but can Sergio Perez salvage a good result at tomorrow’s Grand Prix?

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Written by:

Anirban Aly Mandal


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Anirban Aly Mandal is a senior F1 writer at EssentiallySports, with over 500 articles published on the platform. Anirban's love for F1 started when he discovered a copy of F1 2014 while playing on his computer, and he has since then dived deep into the world of motorsports. Anirban's expertise goes beyond just writing - he has also written several academic papers focused on the domain of motorsports.
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Varunkumaar Chelladurai