Sergio Pérez and Pastor Maldonado will have another opportunity to revisit their feud, with news that their respective Sauber and Williams team have elected to perform a gearbox change ahead of today’s Monaco Grand Prix.
The pair had been involved in a collision during Saturday’s final practice session when Maldonado appeared to deliberately swerve across the front of Pérez as the pair disputed track position at Portier.
A furious Pérez suffered front wing damage while Maldonado crashed out less than a lap later at Casino Square. The Venezuelan was summoned to the Stewards’ office and hit with a ten-place grid penalty for his troubles – he would later qualify ninth-fastest – while Pérez would crash out during Q1 and fail to set a time.
With Maldonado demoted to 19th on the grid, Williams took the prudent option of a gearbox change, which earned him a further five-place grid drop, sending him to last place and Pérez to 23rd.
But Sauber has since confirmed a gearbox change for Pérez, meaning the Mexican will now start from last place, and Maldonado will start from 23rd.
Let’s hope the two can keep out of each other’s way today…