Trouble mounts for Sergio Perez as stewards hand him three place grid drop for Spanish Grand Prix

Sergio Perez's poor performance at Canadian Grand Prix 2024 has cost him a lot as Montreal Stewards have handed him a three-place grid drop for driving a majorly damaged car.

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The bad luck has continued for Red Bull driver Sergio Perez at the Canadian Grand Prix where he finished out of the Top 15 in the Qualifying session. However, his poor run continued on Sunday too as he was seen struggling in the lower middle pack. 

Things changed to worsen as Perez smashed his car into the barriers during the 53rd lap of the race sustaining a major damage. Despite that, the Red Bull driver drove his car back to the pits which didn’t go well with the race director and stewards. It happened after his race director asked Perez to come back to the pits to avoid a safety car situation that might have troubled Max Verstappen at the top.

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After the race Canadian Grand Prix Stewards handed Checo a three-place grid drop for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix. The event will take place later this month from June 21 to June 23 in Spain. Notably, Red Bull Racing has also been fined $25,000 (£19,648) for the incident.

It’s worth noting that before the Canadian Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing had decided to extend Perez’ contract to a special two-year contract. However, since the decision Checo has failed to perform at the track.

It’s more psychological - Helmut Marko on Sergio Perez

Speaking about Sergio Perez’s poor Canadian Grand Prix Red Bull chief advisor Helmut Marko said that it’s more psychological than the RB20 which is troubling Checo. While speaking to the media he said “It’s not the car, you can see that with Max. I think it’s more psychological.”

“When the conditions change, he finds it much more difficult. But the fact that it’s already the third time is painful”, he told he told ServusTV. Meanwhile, Perez also accepted his poor performance but said that he lacked grip out there.

“The main thing was really to switch on the rear. The rear axle for me was quite tricky. And ended up paying the price. I just had no grip, I was sliding too much around it and that meant that our qualifying was a total disaster”, he further added.

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