Vergne: Maybe Pérez wanted to crash
29 May 2013 – Toro Rosso driver Jean-Éric Vergne has joined the group of names to openly criticise Sergio Pérez for his aggressive overtaking attempts during the Monaco Grand Prix, the latter ultimately retiring from the race following late contact with Kimi Räikkönen.
After a string of bold overtakes, including moves on Fernando Alonso and team-mate Jenson Button, Pérez tried to pass Räikkönen on the exit of the tunnel, but the pair collided, leaving Räikkönen with a puncture and the Mexican en route to an early exit.
In reflection, Vergne reckons his McLaren rival may have overstepped the mark.
"I’m glad I avoided trouble and eighth place is a good position in Monaco," Vergne explained after the race. "OK, I profited from an accident ahead but that kind of thing happens. To be honest I try not to take any pleasure from it when bad things happen to other drivers, as it’s happened to me quite a lot recently!
"If I have any comment, I think it’s that Sergio didn’t have bad luck, I think he crashed because maybe he wanted it. If there was bad luck out there it affected Daniel (Ricciardo) when Romain (Grosjean) crashed into him."
Grosjean, who jumped over the rear of Ricciardo's car under braking for the Nouvelle Chicane, has since been hit with a ten-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix.