Racing Point driver Sergio Perez was left shaken after an on-track incident with two marshals saw him narrowly miss hitting them as he left the pit lane at the Monaco Grand Prix.
It was missed during the live race coverage but footage from the Mexican’s on-board camera showed just how quick his reactions needed to be to avoid a collision which would surely have killed a marshal.
The incident occurred as the marshals attempted to clear the debris off the track after a collision between Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, which prompted a number of cars to return to the pits for new tyres under the safety car.
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But when Perez returned to the track he was greeted with the truly frightening sight.
“What was wrong with those marshals?” Perez was heard saying on his team’s radio. “I nearly killed him.”
Perez finished 13th in the race, behind race winner Lewis Hamilton, and admitted he was “very lucky” to avoid hitting them.
“During the safety car I nearly ran over a marshal,” he said. “They were running back across the track as I was coming out of the pits.
“I had to brake — they were very lucky I avoided them.
“They’re usually very good but it is safety at the end of the day and that is what is important for the marshals and drivers.”
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Perez took to Twitter after the race to add how relieved he was nothing happened and that everyone left the track safely.
“After this incident I’m just very happy with the outcome of my day,” he added on Twitter. “That we all can go back home safe and sound with our families. For the safety of the marshals I hope it never happens again!”