Sergio Perez compliments his mechanics for repairing his RB16B car so that he could participate in the Belgian GP.
The Mexican’s day turned out to be eventful because of his crash at the installation lap at Spa-Francorchamps. At first, he was set to miss the race because of heavy damage to his front suspension. However, as the race got delayed, Red Bull had a chance to return Perez on track.
The stewards have allowed the no.11 car driver to come back in the race if the car was fixed by the time of restart. Though the race did not get underway, Perez’s car was ready. He praised the efforts made by the mechanics and admitted that the crash was his fault.
“The lap to grid was my mistake, the conditions and visibility were extremely poor and I just went on the curb and lost it,” Perez said.
“I always knew there was a small chance we could get the car back out and the team was pushing hard, really showing the spirit of Red Bull, which was nice to see.
“My team did what they do best and they repaired the car so quickly it was incredible. I really wanted to repay them for their hard work during the race but that didn’t happen. Luckily we are racing again in a few days.”
Team principal Christian Horner was also impressed with the mechanics’ job.
“Following Checo’s unfortunate trip into the barrier on the initial out lap, it was incredible to see our mechanics in action under pressure once again, fixing his car in the time they did, giving him every opportunity to race,” he commented.
“It was a massive job as both sides of the suspension and the steering rack were damaged, but it was very rewarding to see the teamwork with both sides of the garage working together to get it fixed.”