Pérez says stewards must punish Maldonado

Pérez says stewards must punish Maldonado

8 July 2012 – Sergio Pérez was furious after his collision with Pastor Maldonado in Sunday’s British Grand Prix. Having both left the pit lane, the two cars came into contact at Brooklands corner, with Pérez dropping out of the race and Maldonado falling down the field.

The Sauber swept in on the outside line, with Maldonado appearing to drift into the middle of the circuit where the touch was duly made. The incident marked the duo’s second collision this season, having also come to blows in a Monte Carlo practice session, and follows Maldonado’s shunt with Lewis Hamilton on the penultimate lap of the European Grand Prix.

“Pastor…he’s a driver who doesn’t respect other drivers,” a straight-talking Pérez told BBC Sport. “It’s just a manner of fact. I was already in front and he should have given enough space not to crash. I don’t understand the way he is driving.

“I hope the stewards do something because he has done something to someone at the last three races. He’s a very dangerous driver and he can hurt someone. Everybody is concerned about him. He’s a driver who doesn’t respect, doesn’t know we are risking our lives and has no respect at all. I really think the stewards need to do something by now because I’m not the only one he has affected.”

When asked for his version of events, Maldonado explained:

“That was just a racing incident. I was on cold tyres after leaving the pits and tried to defend, but he came across so we were very close…then I slid at the rear, we made contact and it spoiled the race for the pair of us. This is part of the season to forget.”

The incident is currently being investigated by FIA stewards, one of whom is 1992 World Champion and three-time Silverstone winner Nigel Mansell.

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