The Sauber team has done a decent job since Saturday of keeping information about Sergio Perez’ condition coming through when appropriate and today’s bulletin is decidedly upbeat.
Under measures put in place in F1 by Professor Sid Watkins, it is standard for a concussed driver to be told he will not race and Perez was also kept in for observation on Saturday night and was released today (Monday).
He says that he’s aiming to be back in the car for the next race at Montreal, “I’m pretty sure I will be driving in Montreal,” he said.
“I feel okay. I have little bit of pain in my leg and in my neck, but this comes from muscles and is nothing to worry about. On Sunday I still felt a bit dizzy but that is all. Thank God I’m healthy and I’m looking forward to being back in the car soon.”
“I don’t really know what caused the accident. My race engineer told me there was no problem with the car. I can only guess that I might have been a bit offline or braked on a bump.”
It is to be hoped that the concussion goes and he is cleared to race in Montreal, as the F1 world certainly has him on the radar. He has managed to impress the other teams with performances in Australia and Spain in particular in his rookie season.
He is well backed; Carlos Slim junior was in Monaco this weekend to check on Perez’ progress with Sauber and seemed very engaged in what is happening with the team.
And the team is clearly in a good place competitively as team mate Kamui Kobayashi has had a string of five consecutive points finishes, including 10 points for fifth place at the weekend.