Formula 1 fans have reacted viscerally to Sergio Perez's sudden and dramatic retirement from his home grand prix ont he very first lap, after the Mexican driver clipped Charles Leclerc and flew off the track.
The Mexican Grand Prix, held in Mexico City, is always populated heavily by Perez's many fans in his home country, who were all hoping he would take a challenge to his team-mate Max Verstappen.
But it was not meant to be, as the 33-year-old attempted to make gains through the field in the opening seconds of the race and ended up crashing out almost immediately.
Emotions appeared to be running high for Perez after his retirement, as he banged his hands on his car in frustration.
And that anger was also felt online, with F1 fans taking to social media to express their disappointment at the incident and, in some cases, air their grievances about Perez himself.
'He can't drive a car to save his life'
On the other hand, some fans called Perez's competency into question over the crash. When commentator David Croft expressed sympathy for Perez, some disagreed with his take on the incident.
One F1 supporter wrote on Twitter: "Sorry Crofty I don’t feel for Sergio Perez bro literally can’t drive a car competently to save his life."
Sorry Crofty I don’t feel for Sergio Perez bro literally can’t drive a car competently to save his life
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