BREAKING NEWS: Red Bull’s Sergio Perez loses control and smashes into a wall at Hungarian Grand Prix, just five minutes into practice, leaving his car crumpled as Daniel Ricciardo threatens his future – Maxsports
May 19, 2024

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BREAKING NEWS: Red Bull’s Sergio Perez loses control and smashes into a wall at Hungarian Grand Prix, just five minutes into practice, leaving his car crumpled as Daniel Ricciardo threatens his future

BREAKING NEWS: Red Bull’s Sergio Perez loses control and smashes into a wall at Hungarian Grand Prix, just five minutes into practice, leaving his car crumpled as Daniel Ricciardo threatens his future

  • Sergio Perez lost control early in the first qualifying session at the Hungarian GP 
  • The Red Bull driver made an error, crashed out at turn five, and caused a red flag 
  • Pressure is mounting with ex-Red Bull ace Daniel Ricciardo returning to the grid

Sergio Perez crashed early into the first Hungarian GP practice session to cause a red flag. 

After he dipped his left wheels onto the grass going into turn five, his car spun out and smashed into the barrier, leaving the front left of the Red Bull damaged. Track marshals had to remove the car. 

The rookie error piles more pressure onto the Mexican with just two races before the summer break after Daniel Ricciardo returned to the grid with AlphaTauri. 

Ex-Red Bull man Ricciardo said on Thursday that ‘the dream is a Red Bull seat’ while Perez, currently Max Verstappen’s sidekick at F1’s leading team, has insisted his future is in his own hands. 

Over the team radio, he said: ‘I cannot believe this. I caught the grass on the outside, I think.’ 

Perez sits second in the Drivers’ Championship but has only been on the podium in one of the last five races, whereas Verstappen has won all five.  

Sergio Perez crashed at turn five early in the first practice session at the Hungarian GP

Sergio Perez crashed at turn five early in the first practice session at the Hungarian GP 

His mistake caused a red flag, bringing proceedings to a temporary close early in the weekend

His mistake caused a red flag, bringing proceedings to a temporary close early in the weekend

Track marshals had to remove Perez's damaged car while other drivers returned to the pits

Track marshals had to remove Perez’s damaged car while other drivers returned to the pits

Red Bull brought in their second major upgrade of the season coming into this weekend and will not be impressed with the damage. 

Pressure is mounting on Perez after recent sub-par performances. Checo has not even made Q3 since the Miami GP – there have been five races since then.

Until his recent slump, he had been performing solidly at F1’s dominant team. He won two of the first five races this campaign, finishing second in two more and fifth in one. 

But since Miami, where he came runner-up, he has only claimed one podium in five races, with Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, McLaren, and Alpine lapping up top-three placements. 

Ricciardo is yet to feature this season. He was appointed Red Bull’s third driver after leaving McLaren on the back of a poor 2022 season, but he has now replaced Nyck de Vries, who props up the table with zero points, at Red Bull’s feeder team AlphaTauri. 

Pressure is mounting on Perez as lacklustre qualifying performances have hampered results

Pressure is mounting on Perez as lacklustre qualifying performances have hampered results

Daniel Ricciardo is back in F1 at Red Bull feeder team AlphaTauri and wants a return to the top

Daniel Ricciardo is back in F1 at Red Bull feeder team AlphaTauri and wants a return to the top

Fans gave the Australian a hero's welcome after he replaced 28-year-old Nyck de Vries

Fans gave the Australian a hero’s welcome after he replaced 28-year-old Nyck de Vries