Perez: If they don’t do something, Maldonado could hurt someone
8 July, 2012
Jul.8 (Reuters) Mexican Sergio Perez railed against Venezuelan rival Pastor Maldonado after they collided at the British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, on Sunday and demanded that the stewards take action against the Williams driver – which they did after the race by handing the Venezuelan a reprimand and a $12,300 fine.
“He doesn’t respect other drivers,” Perez told the BBC after stepping out of the car and trudging back to the Silverstone paddock. Maldonado remained on track. “I was already in front and he should have given space not to crash, but he tried to push me all the way. I don’t understand why he drives like that and I hope the stewards do something.”
“This guy will never learn if they don’t do something, he could hurt someone. Everybody has concerns about him. The way he is driving the stewards have to do something. He affects many other drivers, I am not the only one,” added the Mexican.
Maldonado gave his version, “It was very disappointing moment. The race was going good for us, we had good strategy. In that moment I was coming out of the pit with cold tyres. I was on the inside of the corner, so it was mine, Sergio was outside trying to take the position from me. I tried to defend and lost the rear of the car and we bumped tyres.”
“It was disappointing. It was an unlucky race for me and that is it. Sergio can say what he wants. We are racing, we are trying to do our best. I was trying to defend, he was trying to gain and this is racing,” mused the Venezuelan.
Maldonado, winner of the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona in May, has a reputation as a quick driver with more than a few rough edges.
He did not make any mistakes in Barcelona but his short Formula One career has been littered with incidents and crashes that have cost his team precious points.
The two south Americans previously crossed swords during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, where Maldonado was given a grid penalty after chopping across path of the Sauber driver for no apparent reason during practice.
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