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Perez Hit with Brake Failure on Final Lap of Austrian GP

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Sergio Perez escaped injury after suffering brake failure on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old Mexican’s day ended while running comfortably in the points in eighth when his brakes failed heading into Turn 3, skidding across the gravel before a encountering head on collision with the wall.

“It’s a big shame that we retired on the last lap of the race,” Perez said. “I’m feeling sad for the team because we really deserved some points. Yesterday and today we have been really unlucky, and it’s frustrating because we’ve been competitive here with our pace. The race was going really well and I thought we had the points in our pocket.”

The Sahara Force India driver was aiming to close on Romain Grosjean for seventh, knowing the Frenchman had a time penalty.

“I was pushing hard to stay close to Grosjean because I knew he had a five seconds time penalty,” Perez continued. “Then, on the final lap, going into turn three, I had no brakes and went straight on. I touched the barrier and damaged the front of the car, but I’m perfectly okay.

“It’s annoying because the team did everything right today and it’s just bad luck which stopped our great recovery.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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