Lucky escape for Perez
Sergio Perez says he was lucky to escape without injury after his Sauber was struck by a piece of debris in Malaysia.
Last Updated: 14/04/11 8:49am
Sergio Perez says he was lucky to escape without injury after his Sauber was struck by a piece of debris during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Mexican rookie will have a new chassis for this weekend's race in China after his previous one was damaged beyond repair in Sepang.
A part from an unidentified car penetrated the chassis and forced the 21-year-old to retire from the race after his electronic control unit was destroyed.
And Perez admits that the object, thought to be a piece of ballast, could have caused him some serious harm.
"I was really lucky to get away with no (personal) damage after what we saw, how it got the chassis," Perez said.
"I am happy that nothing else happened to me. We reckon it's a (piece of) ballast. Nothing else can do such damage."
It was originally thought that the debris had come from the Toro Rosso of Sebastien Buemi but a Sauber spokeswoman said that was not the case.
"If it had been a Toro Rosso, it would have been (Jaime) Alguersuari," she said.
"So we were wrong in thinking it was Buemi's (car). But still we don't know. It might be from a completely different car."
Perez is still waiting to score his first Formula One point after an illegal rear wing saw him disqualified from seventh place at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.