Sergio Perez says his crash during qualifying for last year’s Monaco Grand Prix was a “watershed” moment for his career.
Perez had reached Q3 for the first time in his sixth F1 race when he crashed heavily at the harbour chicane. He missed the race and withdrew from the following round in Canada as he continued to feel the effects of the crash.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s race Perez said: “Of course I also think back to the accident I had in Q3 last year. To me it is like a watershed event in my career.
“There is a time before and a time after the accident. I learnt a lot from what I had to go through and I think it made me stronger. I really want to show what I can do in Monte Carlo.”
Having missed last year’s race, Perez will start the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time this year:
“I have been waiting to race in the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix all my life and, of course, after what happened last year I am looking forward to it even more.
“I strongly believe on this track the driver can make more of a difference than on any other track. As a team we are in good shape and I want to keep that momentum for Monaco.”
Changes have been made to the track following the crash as Sauber’s chief designer Matt Morris explains: “The track has been resurfaced in some areas, for example in the braking zone after the tunnel, so we have got rid of the bump there.
“That’s something the drivers have to get used to, but, if anything, it should be easier. One of the design considerations of the C31 was to improve it over the kerbs, so we should be stronger at kerbing compared to last year.”
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