Sergio Perez crashed simply three minutes into opening apply in Budapest as George Russell was quickest within the rain; watch all periods from the Hungarian GP dwell on Sky Sports activities F1, P2 begins at 4pm Friday; F1 Juniors shall be dwell on Sky Showcase & Sky Sports activities Combine on Sunday
By Nigel Chiu
Final Up to date: 21/07/23 1:46pm
Sergio Perez crashed within the early phases of Observe 1 on the Hungarian Grand Prix as George Russell topped the timesheets at a moist Hungaroring.
Perez’s automotive went off simply three minutes into the session as he closely broken his upgraded Crimson Bull, that has reprofiled sidepods and new brake cooling.
On his first flying lap, Perez dipped his left tyres into the grass, which instantly despatched him right into a spin and into the surface wall.
The Mexican mentioned on the radio “I can not consider this” on a weekend the place there may be additional scrutiny about his future after failing to succeed in Q3 on the final 5 occasions and Daniel Ricciardo changing Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri.
“We are saying it is Monaco with out the limitations however these limitations discovered Sergio Perez fairly laborious certainly. That is all it takes. This monitor, you need to have your eyes in all places,” reacted Sky Sports activities F1’s Anthony Davidson.
“It’s slim and comes at you thick and quick. I am stunned he was pushing so laborious so quickly. I do know you need to stand up to hurry as fast as potential however that is qualifying kinda stuff – taking the automotive to the sting of the monitor.
“For me it seems to be like he was pushing to the extremes and extra so of what the monitor was capable of provide.”
Former NASCAR and IndyCar driver Danica Patrick added: “That is one of many worst as a driver. Letting your staff down and realizing they’re going to must work so laborious and simply that doubt and frustration they’ve. You are feeling actually responsible.”
Horner: Not a super approach to begin weekend
Christian Horner has publicly backed Perez regardless of his current disappointing performances and insists Crimson Bull will retain the identical driver line-up for 2024.
The Crimson Bull staff boss says Perez merely “misjudged” the positioning of his automotive and “caught his fingers up” to apologise.
“The harm, we have not obtained the automotive again, however hopefully it is contained primarily to the entrance proper nook, which hopefully shall be repairable in time for the subsequent session,” he instructed Sky Sports activities F1 through the session.
“It was unlucky, he simply put a wheel on the grass and made a mistake into Flip 5. I have never had an opportunity to talk to him but however I’ll do after the session, however hopefully he will not have misplaced an excessive amount of by way of this session as a result of in these circumstances individuals don’t get many laps in. However clearly not a super approach to begin the weekend.”
Sainz additionally hits the wall
Following Perez’s crash, the session resumed with 49 minutes to go however rain started to fall on the Hungaroring. Most drivers went out on dry tyres however needed to crawl again to the pit lane on a humid monitor, so the monitor was largely quiet for a interval, with dry climate forecast for the rest of the weekend.
Carlos Sainz additionally hit the limitations however was capable of keep it up as he spun on the quick right-hander at Flip 3. Sainz misplaced management of his Ferrari in the midst of the nook and hit the limitations on the within with the aspect of his automotive.
It initially seemed like he beached his automotive, so the purple flag was referred to as, however he managed to hold on and the session was resumed with 11 minutes to go.
Solely three drivers had set a lap at this level – Logan Sargeant, Alex Albon and Valtteri Bottas – however most drivers emerged onto the monitor for the ultimate a part of the session to get a really feel of the circumstances.
Oscar Piastri and George Russell traded prime spot within the remaining minutes and it was the Mercedes driver who got here out on prime with a 1:38.795, which was 0.359s sooner than Piastri.
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