Sergio Perez suggests Zhou crash is why salary cap talk for drivers should be scrapped

Sergio Perez has said that the crash involving Zhou Guanyu at the British Grand Prix is why there should be no salary cap introduced for drivers in F1.

Zhou found himself upside down at over 150mph going into the first corner at Silverstone on Sunday, and seconds later he was up between the tyre barrier and crash fence, in his stricken, ruined Alfa Romeo.

Somehow, the Chinese driver was about as close to completely fine as you can get after such a shunt, and the safety in F1 should once again take a bow for quite likely saving someone’s life.

Perez, too, thinks that the FIA and co. deserve immense credit for the advancements we have seen in that regard, but also suggested it’s an example of why talk of a driver salary cap as part of the wider budget cap should be thrown out of the window:

“I knew there was an accident but I was back in the garage, I was looking at the TV and they showed the accident and I was shocked,” said the Red Bull man in the post-race presser.

“It’s been a while since we have seen such an accident like that. It’s hard to see that and to try to delete it from your mind and try to focus on what you have to do.

“Well done to the FIA because we’ve come a long way [with safety]. I’m sure there are still good improvements and always good lessons to make sure we learn from, to see the accident, to make sure there are things we can improve. I don’t know if there were photographers around that were at risk.

“So just have a look and see if we are able to make this a safer sport for everyone.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 03: Zhou Guanyu of China driving the (24) Alfa Romeo F1 C42 Ferrari crashes at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 03, 2022 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“And the final thing I’d like to add is when you hear people talking about putting a cap on the driver salaries, we are the ones taking all the risk out there, putting on the show, so I don’t think it’s a good thing to be talking about that on the sport going forwards.

“But the most important is that nobody was hurt.”

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