Perez on women, Lauda on Kimi, walls and balls

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Sergio Perez took some heat this past weekend at the British Grand Prix by making a joke about women in Formula 1 and in general. When interviewed by Spanish television, Perez said that Susie Wolff was a great driver but jokingly said he would not want to be beaten by a female teammate and felt they would be better off in the kitchen.

You can imagine the backlash on social media which prompted an apology on Twitter and Instagram from Sergio:

“I apologize wholeheartedly to all women and especially my friend @ Susie_Wolff was never my intention to offend anyone, let alone women who both love.”

Ever the class act, Susie Wolff responded asking for folks to give Sergio a break as the comment was taken out of context but added her own cheeky poke as well:

“Saw some comments made by @SChecoPerez as I was making dinner in the kitchen last night… Please give him a break…”

“His comments were taken completely out of context. Anyway, as my family will tell you, I drive better than I cook!”

Also in the news is the ever-vocal Niki Lauda—otherwise known around F1B as the “Elderly F1 Fan” who had a running commentary on just about everything:

On Kimi Raikkonen-

“One criticism I have is that Kimi made a mistake,” said Lauda. “He went wide, so why does he come in balls out and then crash?

“Hopefully nothing happened [to hurt him], but it was unnecessary.”

On fixing the barrier at Silverstone-

“It’s all crazy,” Lauda said. “To stop the race for one hour because one of the barriers is damaged is ridiculous.”

And

“This over nursing of F1, being over cautious, over-controlling, drives me mad. And this little guardrail issue is another example,” he said.

And

“There are too many people involved in making F1 as safe as the roads, which is wrong. Said Lauda.

“They should have fixed it quickly, do something instantly and then 10-15 minutes later the race would have gone on.

“There is no way that another car would hit in the same place that guardrail. The delays we have now, nursing the guys, not crossing the white line here, being four seconds back, it is all wrong and this should be stopped.

“I have talked to Bernie [Ecclestone] about it and he fully agrees. We have to go back to normal racing.”

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