Pérez hits back at crash criticism
9 June 2014 – Sergio Pérez has hit back at the criticism he and Force India received in the wake of his collision with Williams driver Felipe Massa during Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.
Pérez had been nursing brake and electrical problems leading up to the violent accident, which occurred on the approach to the first corner on the final lap of the race.
Williams' Rob Smedley argued that it was irresponsible of Force India to keep Pérez's car on track, but the Mexican has insisted that he had the situation under control.
"It was perfectly driveable with just some adjustments and we showed it up until the moment we were taken out," he said.
"Other cars had been in similar conditions for way longer than us and they finished without problems.
"If someone thinks you can keep two Red Bulls behind for as long as we did with so-called 'terminal' problems, they are clearly misguided."
Force India's Chief Operating Officer, Otmar Szafnauer, added his belief that Massa simply turned into Pérez.
"Look at the corner and watch Massa turn right into Pérez," said Szafnauer. "He goes on the inside to try to overtake and thinks 's**t! You can't overtake in Turn 1, let me get back onto the racing line', and he hits him.
"How many other overtaking manoeuvres on the inside into Turn 1 happened in this race? I'll tell you: zero. Why? Because you can't do it."