Räikkönen criticises 'stupid' Pérez move

Räikkönen criticises 'stupid' Pérez move

26 May 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen hit out at Sergio Pérez following their collision in this afternoon's Monaco Grand Prix, describing the Mexican's move under braking for the Nouvelle Chicane as "stupid" and extremely costly in terms of his championship chances.

Running in fifth, Räikkönen came under attack from Pérez on numerous occasions, with the latter making his definitive move on Lap 69. The pair collided, handing the Lotus driver a left-rear puncture and leaving his McLaren rival with car damage.

Following the race, Pérez argued that Räikkönen did not leave him enough room moments before the point of contact, but the Finn, who ultimately managed to recover to steal the final point from Nico Hülkenberg, is of a completely opposing view.

"It was a really disappointing day," a frustrated Räikkönen told reporters after the race. "Because of one stupid move from Sergio [Perez] we’ve lost a lot of points to Sebastian [Vettel] in the Championship and you can’t afford to lose ground like that. He hit me from behind and that’s about all there is to it.

"If he thinks it’s my fault that he came into the corner too fast then he obviously has no idea what he’s talking about. It’s not the first time he’s hit someone in the race; he seems to expect people to be always looking at what he might do, then move over or go straight on if he comes into the corner too quick and isn’t going to make it without running into someone. Not the ideal weekend but there’s nothing we can do about it. At least we got one point back at the end."

Following the Grand Prix, the stewards found Räikkönen, who now sits a total of 22 points behind current title leader Vettel, guilty of speeding behind the Safety Car. Instead of applying a post-race penalty, the Finn was given an official warning.

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