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Sergio Pérez to miss Canadian Grand Prix // Pérez withdraws from the race after suffering a setback

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Sergio Pérez to miss Canadian Grand Prix
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After his big accident in Monaco two weeks ago, Sergio Pérez was deemed medically fit to race by the FIA, and the Mexican was looking forward to returning to the cockpit. He had suffered a concussion and remained in hospital over that weekend, but seemed recovered as he arrived in Montreal.

However, after participating in the first practice session, Pérez complained of feeling ill and Sauber were forced to replace him. Their reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez is not in Montreal, so McLaren loaned their test driver Pedro de la Rosa to Sauber for the remainder of the weekend.

Talking of the decision, Peter Sauber said: “The development hit us by surprise, because Sergio underwent thorough medical checks... Nobody could have foreseen that he would feel unwell. Maybe we are being overly cautious, but when it’s about the health of our drivers, we take zero risks.” Pérez added: “I spoke to the team after the session and told them that I’m not 100% fit. I only want to drive when I’m 100% well. I need some more time to recover.”