Sergio Perez is convinced that a problem with steering caused his Monaco Q1 crash, although the Sauber team has been unable to find any fault.
Accident damage made it hard to determine if something had gone wrong before the crash, and there were no clues in the data, according to chief designer Matt Morris – who added that Perez could well have qualified in the top five.
Morris also confirmed to this writer that the team had checked the car after the morning practice clash with Pastor Maldonado, and was satisfied that if anything did happen, it was not as a result of the earlier collision, and had occurred during qualifying itself.
Perez didn’t set a time, and will thus start from the back of the grid.
“We are analysing what it the problem, the car just went straight,” said Perez. “Already in the tunnel I had a lot of understeer, which was a big surprise, it normally doesn’t happen there I went into Turn 13 and in 14 I tried to turn and the car went completely straight.
“There was definitely a problem with the car, but we don’t know what’s the problem. It’s a big shame because we were so competitive, and it was a big opportunity for us today.”
Perez is resigned to a difficult race tomorrow: “It’s very difficult to pass here, but I will try my best here to bring some points home, which will be a big challenge tomorrow. If it’s a normal race, it will be over for us.”