Apr 28, 2013, 7:45 AM EDT
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.
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