Red Bull’s Sergio Perez sustained a neck injury in the aftermath of his qualifying crash at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Mexican locked up going into Turn Three in Montreal in wet conditions, and was a passenger as he slid across the grass and straight into the barrier.
He would start the race 13th as a result after the track dried out towards the end of Q2, and later retired from the grand prix with a reliability issue.
After the weekend, he noticed a contracture he had suffered as a result of the crash, meaning that his neck muscles had tightened up.
“The start of the week is always hard after such a bad day but I’m fine, recovering from my neck because I have a strong contracture after the crash, which I didn’t feel,” Perez told Fox Sports.
“It hurt a lot but in general, everything was fine.
“Right now I am preparing for the strong contracture I had in my neck and I can’t exercise, I am in pure neck therapy to be 100 percent at Silverstone.
“Each race works differently because your body is in a different state all the time, there are times that you have to push more cardio, strength or resistance. So, you always work different things.”
As for what put him out of the running on Sunday, Perez confirmed that he had suffered a gearbox failure.
“It was the gearbox,” he stated.
“In fact, it was already in its last race, it was very close to the limit and unfortunately it failed.
“They are things that are difficult to prevent, more so on a track like Canada where there are many bumps.
“These things happen, unfortunately.”
Over the course of a championship season, as Ferrari can testify from recent years, reliability issues need to be kept at a minimum.
“It is important to solve these issues that are always different for us, each reliability issue has been different during the year, so we have to continue working,” added Perez.
“It is a point that will decide the championship – without a doubt these DNFs are very expensive at this point of the championship.”
The 32-year-old is now 46 points adrift of championship leader Max Verstappen after the Dutchman took out his sixth win of the year last weekend, narrowly beating Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.