Sergio Perez says it took him four races to shake off the after-effects of his crash in Monaco.
Perez crashed heavily during qualifying at Monaco and had to miss the race. He pulled out of the following event in Canada as he did not feel up to driving.
The Sauber driver said it took him until the Hungarian Grand Prix to recover fully:
“When I got back into the car for free practice in Canada I realised the difficulties I had. I felt dizzy, so it was impossible to drive.
“Two weeks later in Valencia I felt a lot better and was able to drive. It was better again in Silverstone and at the Nurburgring, but it was only in Budapest that I felt I was completely over it.
“It had been a very heavy impact and I learnt it takes time to physically make sure you feel right after suffering from concussion. Mentally it was a shock too. It helped me a lot to go home to Mexico and it was important to do all that work to prepare for racing again.”
Perez added that on the whole he was happy with his performance in his first year of F1: “Well, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm happy in terms of the speed I had but I?óÔé¼Ôäóm not happy in terms of results and points.
“Also because of my accident I missed two races ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ Monaco and Canada ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ in which the car and the team performed very well. After I got back into the car it still took me a few more races until I was really a hundred percent again. But regarding my overall performance in F1, I think I can be happy with my rookie season.”
He was most pleased with his drive to eighth at Suzuka:
“For me my strongest performance was in Japan. I drove the second fastest lap of the race and was able to overtake a few cars. The team?óÔé¼Ôäós strategy worked very well. I was really happy at the end of that Grand Prix.”
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