Rosberg hits out at 'dangerous' Pérez
14 October 2013 – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has labelled as "dangerous" Sergio Pérez's driving in the closing stages of Sunday afternoon's Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit.
In a battle for eighth, Rosberg attempted to pull off a move on his McLaren rival at the Casio chicane, but slight contact left Pérez with a puncture and forced him to pit.
While Rosberg finished eighth, Pérez dropped to 15th, and the former is certain that the Mexican orchestrated his own downfall with an overly defensive approach.
"Pérez was not right with what he did. [He was] definitely dangerous," said Rosberg. "If you brake and close the door then you have to move out again. I was there and he didn't leave space. It was good he punctured his tyre, which got him out of the way."
Pérez, who narrowly avoided contact with Rosberg earlier in the race when the German was released from his pit box, did not apportion blame for the clash.
"I think you could say that everything that could go wrong, did go wrong," Pérez said after the Grand Prix. "We had an incident with Nico in the pit lane, some slow pit-stops, and then another incident with Nico, which caused me to suffer a puncture."