Sergio Perez Manages Top 10 Qualifying Slot Despite Worrying Injury Scare Ahead of Spanish GP

Published 05/09/2021, 8:56 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during qualifying REUTERS/Nacho Doce


In sport, athletes are required to be in tip-top condition and the same applies to F1 drivers. However, there are some rare occasions, like in MotoGP or Wold Superbike, where riders compete with some injuries. Apparently, Red Bull driver Sergio Perez took a page out of their book during the Spanish Grand Prix qualifying session.

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As per reports, he felt a little dizzy throughout qualifying. Apparently, the primary culprit was a muscular problem on his shoulder. The good news is that the team doctors have seen him and advised him to rest for a while. On the bright side, he should have no problems with the offending shoulder tomorrow in the race.

Despite the discomfort, the Mexican driver will start from ninth on the grid at the Circuit de Catalunya. In the process, he finished a full second in Q3 behind second-placed team-mate Max Verstappen.

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How will Sergio Perez perform in the race?

Admittedly, nobody can predict how Sergio Perez can perform in the race. However, he will be happy that he can make a full recovery in time for the race. The Red Bull driver revealed that the issue started off small, but gradually worsened as qualifying progressed. Nevertheless, the driver was quite the trooper for braving the illness.

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during practice REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

This isn’t the first time Perez has had health issues. Last year in his Racing Point days, he tested positive for COVID-19, sidelining him from the British Grand Prix and the 70th Anniversary race. That paved the way for a glorious return for Nico Hulkenberg, though that is another story.

For now, Sergio Perez is concentrating on recovering and preparing for this Sunday’s race. The Mexican driver is still keen to prove to Red Bull that they made the right choice in recruiting him. So far, he has struggled to keep up with Verstappen, but the season is long and Perez has time to find his feet.

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