May 27, 2019 / 12:58 AM / 2 months ago

Perez relieved after near-miss with marshals

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Monaco Grand Prix - Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco - May 23, 2019 Racing Point's Sergio Perez during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

MONACO (Reuters) - Mexican Sergio Perez expressed his relief after narrowly avoiding two marshals who ran across the track ahead of him during a safety car period in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The Racing Point driver posted a video on Twitter showing him leaving the pitlane and driving between the two, one of whom had crossed to the barriers while the other stopped just in time to let the car pass.

“What was wrong with those marshals? I nearly killed him,” the startled Perez had said over the radio immediately after the incident.

“After this incident, I’m just very happy with the outcome of my day,” he said later on Twitter.

“That we all can go back home safe and sound with our families. For the safety of the marshals I hope it (such an incident) never happens again.”

Marshals had to go on track during the safety car period to sweep away debris left by a flailing rear tyre on Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari.

Perez finished 12th in the race won by Mercedes’ five times world champion Lewis Hamilton, the Briton’s fourth victory of the season.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Greg Stutchbury

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