Sergio Perez sustains concussion

Updated: May 28, 2011, 1:55 PM ET
Associated Press

MONACO -- Mexico's Sergio Perez will miss the Monaco Grand Prix after sustaining a concussion and a thigh injury in the most violent of three crashes during qualifying Saturday.

The Sauber driver lost control of his car as he was about to come out of the tunnel. The front slid right and slammed into the tunnel barrier, spinning the car around and into a tire wall.

Perez was taken to the Princess Grace hospital in Monaco and was to be kept overnight. His team said he will miss Sunday's race.

"It is with great relief that the Sauber F1 team received the news that Sergio Perez has no serious injuries," the team said in a statement. "The doctors said Perez had suffered concussion and a sprained thigh, but no broken bones and, following a scan, they could find no further injuries."

A medical crew rushed to Perez's car, and a giant blanket was immediately draped over it. After a few minutes the battered car was lifted off the track.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and Hispania's Vitantonio Liuzzi were both unharmed after crashing in practice earlier Saturday.

Rosberg crashed at almost exactly the same spot as Perez, who is racing in his debut F1 season, but the Mexican's accident was more frightening.

Qualifying was suspended with only a few minutes left, leaving drivers waiting in their cars for it to resume.


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