Perez DNS after crash on installation lap

SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 29: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 29, 2021 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images). Credits: Red Bull Content Pool.

Bitter scenes for Red Bull before the start of the Belgian GP. Sergio Perez will not take part in the race.

The Mexican crashed during his installation lap, damaging his car so badly that the team cannot allow the car to start. At Les Combes, Perez suddenly slid away on the corner exit and was unable to save himself from the barrier. He crashed into the barrier on the right side of the track, damaging the front suspension too much to allow him to drive the car to the grid.

This was immediately confirmed by Red Bull sports director Jonathan Wheatley, who immediately radioed Michael Masi that “the damage to the right front suspension was too extreme to continue the race.” Perez was also immediately told the news over the radio. “That’s it for us, so turn off the engine.”

This is not good for Red Bull as they are 12 points behind Mercedes in the team standings. It is also very unwise tactically as they could have chosen better tactics than Mercedes with two cars closer to each other.

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