Sauber's F1 2011 rookie Sergio Pérez has been released from hospital following his hefty qualifying crash in Monaco on Saturday that left him with concussion and a bruised thigh – and now he is targeting a return to the grid in the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in just under a fortnight's time.
Pérez was admitted to the Princesse Grace Hospital in the Principality after he lost control exiting the tunnel on his first flying lap in Q3, swiping the right hand-side barrier and slamming violently and broadside into the TecPro barrier – in-place to protect the area between the circuit and the run-off area – at scarcely abated speed and with such ferocity that the emergency services had difficulty in extracting the young Mexican from his car.
Thankfully, having since undergone a series of examinations in hospital, Pérez is now on the mend once more, and after impressing in making it through to the top ten qualifying shoot-out on his maiden F1 appearance around the streets of Monte Carlo and seeing Sauber team-mate Kamui Kobayashi take the chequered flag a strong fifth on race day, the 21-year-old is eager to get back on-track as quickly as possible to enjoy similar success of his own.
“I remember how I started Q3 and I also remember some of the accident,” he revealed. “For the time being, I am missing some memories about what happened after the first impact and the rescue procedures. I don't really know what caused the accident. My race engineer told me there was no problem with the car; I can only guess that I might have been a bit off-line or braked on a bump.
“I feel okay [now]. I have a little bit of pain in my leg and in my neck, but this comes from muscles and is nothing to worry about. On Sunday, I still felt a bit dizzy, but that is all. Thank God I'm healthy, and I'm looking forward to being back in the car soon.
“They treated me very well in hospital. I want to thank the staff for this, and I also want to thank everyone else who was worrying about me – the people from the team who came to see me, and other visitors as well. My family has also been with me. I want to say thank you for all the messages I received. I'm very grateful for all the support, and feel sorry for not having replied to all of the messages – there were so many, and my 'phone very quickly ran out of battery!
“I watched [the race] in hospital. It was such a shame I couldn't take part, but I'm very happy about the team's good result and I'm sure we can get more of the same soon. I'm pretty sure I will be driving in Montreal. [I'll do] everything to make sure I can drive in Canada.”