Perez: Charlie agrees with me

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If you’ve weighed in with your opinion on which driver was at fault during the Monaco Grand Prix, then you may have picked Kimi Raikkonen or Sergio Perez. Regardless, Perez says his view of the incident has top-level support as the FIA’s Charlie Whiting agreed with him. AUTOSPORT has the story:

“I talked with Charlie straight after race, so for me it was clear – Kimi knew I was there, he did two moves under braking and he [Whiting] agreed that it was Kimi’s fault,” said Perez. “The stewards also thought it was a racing incident.”

Explaining the tight and unforgiving nature of Monaco to the press, Perez says he made the move and was committed and in Monaco once your committed, there is no changing your mind. He explained that Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button both gave him room when they realized he was committed to the pass and in position to do so. Apparently Kimi Raikkonen didn’t:

“Once you are committed to a move, there is no way to go back, especially in Monaco. One you do the move, you have to trust the guy in front to give you room. I had it with Jenson [Button] for example or Fernando [Alonso] with me, and it is something Kimi didn’t do.

“Right now I today feel Kimi didn’t give me any room and, if you speak to Charlie Whiting, he has the same view on that.

“But I have moved on from it. At the end of the day you have to look and see other drivers in that position are losing more than I did, so my approach will be the same.”

There you have it. Done and dusted. Charlie agree with Perez and Raikkonen was wrong… or was he? Former Formula One driver David Coulthard saw the incident a little differently suggesting that a guy like Perez is diving in aggressively on guys who are in the hunt for the title and he knows they will usually play it safe:

“He wants to show he is a racer but he was taking on those who know they need points at every race to stay in the battle for the championship, so in many ways it wasn’t a fair fight.

When he finally collided with Raikkonen, the Lotus was in the middle of the road and carried on moving over to defend. It should have been clear to Perez there was no way through. You can argue that the only way that would have come off was if Raikkonen then moved away like the others did. Perez needed compliant people for the passes to work.”

As we prepare for qualifying in Canada, Kimi Raikkonen hasn’t changed his tune either. He says it doesn’t matter if it’s two weekes or two years after the incident, Perez was wrong and he wants another conversation this weekend with the FIA about the issue.

Intriguingly, the race stewards have historically punished those who cause an incident with a championship contender (which Kimi clearly is) but this was not the case in Monaco.

 

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