Sergio Perez has retired from the Canadian Grand Prix after peeling off with mechanical troubles in the early stages. His car came to a rest at turn eight, bringing out the virtual safety car (VSC) as the Red Bull was wheeled away.
Speaking on team radio, Perez said: “I’ve lost the engine man, I’m stuck in gear.” The VSC led to a flurry of pitlane activity with Max Verstappen coming in for an early stop.
Reacting to Perez’s retirement, Red Bull boss Christian Horner said the team believed the issue was a gearbox failure.
He explained: “He’s obviously lost drive. We think it’s a gearbox issue but obviously, we needed the car back. Really disappointing for Checo because he could have been very quick out there today.”
When asked whether they were worried the failure could develop on Verstappen’s car, Horner added: “Of course, it’s always a concern, but we’ve just got to get our head down and do our best with Max. He’s obviously on a different strategy to the two cars ahead so it will be interesting to see how that pans out.”