Pérez: Räikkönen didn't leave me room
26 May 2013 – McLaren driver Sergio Pérez believes that Lotus rival Kimi Räikkönen should have given him more room prior to their collision on Lap 69 of Sunday afternoon's Monaco Grand Prix, with the pair coming to blows under braking for the Nouvelle Chicane.
Having been involved in a number of scraps throughout the race, Pérez attempted to jump past the Finn for fifth, but was ultimately squeezed into the left-hand side wall, leaving Räikkönen with a puncture and his own car with severe front wing damage.
"I’d had a great race – I’d been overtaking cars through the afternoon – but in my opinion Kimi didn’t leave me enough room when I tried to pass him as we exited the tunnel, and as a result I got squeezed into the wall on the entry to the Harbour Chicane," Pérez said of the incident.
"That was a real shame – I’d overtaken both Jenson and Fernando there, and Jenson had overtaken me there too, but I couldn’t have avoided the crash with Kimi. Of course, any passing manoeuvre at Monaco is risky, but, at the end of the day, you have to leave each other a little room."
Perez confirmed that failing brake ducts were the reason for his retirement on Lap 74, with the Mexican coming to a halt on the run off area before the final corner.
"My car’s brake ducts were affected and my front brakes overheated – in fact I basically ran out of brakes," Pérez continued. "It’s particularly frustrating to retire from a grand prix in which you’ve driven hard and fast, especially when you’re so near to the finish. So, all in all, I’m extremely disappointed – for the team as much as for myself."
Pérez's team-mate, Jenson Button, went on to finish the race in sixth position.