What happened to Sergio Perez’s car? Why did the Red Bull driver face a DNF in Montreal?

Sergio Perez gets another upsetting result at the Canadian Grand Prix because of Red Bull's fourth retirement in this F1 2022 season.

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez

Just 6 laps into the Canadian Grand Prix, the motorsports enthusiasts have already started getting their fair share of the drama as Red Bull–the Constructors’ Championship leader at the moment–got a disappointing retirement for Sergio Perez due to what some people are suspecting to be gearbox issues.

Sergio Perez, who got a thundering victory in the Monaco Grand Prix, succumbed to Red Bull’s fourth mechanical retirement of this season, after he pulled up by the sidewalls when he felt that the power in his car had gone out. While noone noticed any smoke coming from the RB-18, it could be concluded that there was no engine issues involved. In a quick in-race interview, Red Bull Team Boss Christian Horner commented that the team is suspecting Sergio’s car had a gearbox problem.

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Sergio Perez’s retirement provided his teammate Max Verstappen with a cheap pitstop

Max Verstappen(on the left), Sergio Perez(in the middle) and Christian Horner(on the right)
Max Verstappen(on the left), Sergio Perez(in the middle) and Christian Horner(on the right)

Just as Sergio’s car got lifted to be taken to the pit box, a virtual safety car was announced. Race leader Max Verstappen pitted for a tyre change during the safety car window while Lewis Hamilton followed his lead and went into the pits as well. This left Carlos Sainz to lead the laps, with Fernando Alonso following close behind.

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