Sauber driver Sergio Perez has been released from Hospital Princess Grace in Monaco and has been speaking for the first time about his heavy accident in qualifying on Saturday, in which he suffered concussion and a bruised thigh.
“I feel okay,” said the Mexican. “I have 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 the hospital. I want to thank the staff for this, and 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.”
The Mexican rookie also revealed that he did not remember the accident in its entirety: “I remember how I started Q3 and I also remember some of the accident. 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 offline or braked on a bump.”
Perez also said that he was ‘pretty sure’ he would be driving in Canada – the next race on the calendar, and said that he watched yesterday’s Monaco Grand Prix from his hospital bed. He was pleased that team-mate Kamui Kobayashi picked up an excellent fifth place.
“I have watched [the race] in the hospital,” he said. “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.”