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Pérez out of hospital and 'pretty sure' for Canada
31 May 2011
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.”
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