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Perez: No reason to apologize to Button

Apr 28, 2013, 7:45 AM EDT

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Sergio Perez has spoken out to correct reports about him apologizing to teammate Jenson Button for his actions during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The two McLaren drivers went head-to-head on track during the race last weekend, with Perez pressurizing Button for the position. When attempting an overtake, Perez made contact with his teammate and lost a front wing endplate, risking Button a puncture. Eventually, Perez forced his way past and went on to finish P6 whilst Button picked up a solitary point for 10th.

After the race, team principal Martin Whitmarsh sat down with both drivers to talk about the incident as it risked the team result. Although Perez admits he apologized to the team, he sees no reason why he should have said sorry to his teammate.

“I didn’t apologize to him because I didn’t think it was necessary,” Perez explained to ESPNF1.

“We owed an apology to the team and that’s what we talked about. It was said in various publications that I apologized to Jenson, but it wasn’t like that.”

Despite this refusal, Perez still believes that his relationship with Button is good.

“We apologized to the team because we risked a lot and we were both very aggressive, but no, at no moment did I apologize and my relationship with Jenson is still okay.”

Morals aside, Perez’s decision to challenge Button paid dividends at the end of the race. He managed to overtake Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber late on to finish P6, and he would probably have failed to challenge them had McLaren ordered him to hold position. These comments prove that Perez is unwilling to play ‘second fiddle’ to Button in the team as the Mexican driver looks to establish himself during his third season.

  1. apexassassin - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I couldn’t agree more! That’s RACING!!! I’m looking forward to seeing JB rise to the challenge in the coming rounds…

  2. techmeister1 - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Perez may be getting a little too cocky for his own good. Hard racing is fine but running into your teammate at 300 kph on a straight is not acceptable and Whitmarsh will have made that perfectly clear. If he can’t pass without driving into his teammate or other cars then he needs to back off and wait until he is able to pass. Competition is good, stupid not. He could have wrecked both cars on a straight…

    • apexassassin - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      “could have” is not the same as “did”… ;)

      Also, if Perez doesn’t look at least competitive in the Mclaren than there is little reason for TelMEx to become their title sponsor. Perez and Mclaren both need him to do better and that last race he showed his moxy… don’t get blinded by his duel with JB (that he won both on pace and tire management) and forget how he raced Alonso among others during the Bahrain GP.

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