Pérez settles differences with Maldonado
29 July 2012 – The tension between Sergio Pérez and Pastor Maldonado is now water under the bridge, as far as the Mexican is concerned. The Sauber driver was extremely vocal about the Venezuelan after the pair came to blows at both Monaco and Silverstone earlier this year.
The first contact between the duo came in the final practice session of Monte Carlo, when Maldonado swiped into the Mexican’s car and arguably caused his qualifying crash. They collided again in the British Grand Prix, with Pérez then telling reporters that all of the F1 field is worried about Maldonado and his capabilities to cause injury.
“I was just very frustrated because all of the people in our team work night and day to give me a good car, so what Pastor did at Silverstone was not right and that’s why I was angry,” a candid Pérez commented. “I have nothing against him, though. Many others say bad things about drivers but I was mainly just angry at the time.”
When explaining the private conversation between the pair, he continued:
“We just had a discussion and cleared it all up – it’s all sorted now. We respect each other just as we expect all of the other drivers.”
Both men made their F1 debuts in 2011. Pérez is currently ninth in the Drivers’ Championship with 47 points to his name, with Maldonado 11th and with 29 points.