Furious Perez demands action on Maldonado

2012 British Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Silverstone, 2012Sergio Perez had harsh words for Pastor Maldonado after retiring in a collision with the Williams driver in the British Grand Prix.

Perez was trying to pass Maldonado on the outside of Brooklands on lap 11 when the pair made contact.

Speaking to the BBC afterwards, Perez called on the FIA to take action against Maldonado: “Pastor is a driver who doesn’t respect other drivers. It’s just a matter of fact.

“I was already in front, and if not he should have given me enough space not to crash, but he tried to push me all the way to the outside. I don’t understand the way he is driving.

“I really hope the stewards can make something because the last three or four races he has done something.

“It is not the first time he has damaged my weekend. He did the same in Valencia, and they gave him a drive-through, which I think is not enough.

“This guy will never learn if they don’t do something, because he is a very dangerous driver and he can hurt someone.”

Maldonado collided with Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the European Grand Prix.

Afterwards Maldonado said: “It was a very disappointing moment because the race was going well for us.”

Describing the incident he said: “The corner was mine. Sergio was on the outside of the corner trying to take the position from me. I tried to defend and on the entry I lost the rear of the car, I think on cold tyres.”

Update: Maldonado handed reprimand and fine

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136 comments on Furious Perez demands action on Maldonado

  1. ukviewer said on 8th July 2012, 15:00

    Its time he was banned, he is a outrageously dangerous Driver who is willing to crash into others Drivers that annoy him or get in his way.

  2. mattshaw85 (@mattshaw85) said on 8th July 2012, 15:00

    Personally think he’s a danger on the track. Seems to have no respect for the other drivers. Probably due a ban, seems to get off lightly compared with other incidents, surely all the incidents he’s been involved in should add up against him.

  3. Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 8th July 2012, 15:02

    People who defended Hamilton in Valencia should support Maldonado here. He did to Perez what Lewis did to him- push off the track

    • Nathhulal said on 8th July 2012, 15:51

      Watch out for the people chasing you with torches. Saying truth is not always the best policy :D

    • Claidheamh (@aseixas) said on 8th July 2012, 16:19

      Lewis was in front before the turn in Valencia however, and the only contact was caused by Maldonado joining the track dangerously.

    • No, completly different situations.

      Maldonado crashed into Perez here because he took way to much corner entry speed, therefore loosing it mid corner and getting his car into Perez side (who btw, left a good 2 cars width for Mal)

      This was nothing like the case in Valencia where Hamilton held a tight inside line

      • Everyone seems to have missed that Mal pushed Kimi off the track on lap 2 of Valencia in exactly the same way, except that Kimi was a) further in front and b) Kimi didn’t come back on and hit him. Mal didn’t get punished for doing so, ergo Lewis shouldn’t have been punished for his part in the later incident.

  4. andae23 (@andae23) said on 8th July 2012, 15:04

    Maldonado has got a license to drive in F1, so to me it’s really sad that we’re discussing this. I think the Williams team should adress this, not the FIA.

    • SkinBintin (@skinbintin) said on 8th July 2012, 16:03

      I have a license to drive on Public roads. If I constantly put other road users at risk through reckless driving, I will lose my license. Why should this not be the case in Formula One?

  5. Rahim.RG (@rahim-rg) said on 8th July 2012, 15:05

    i think he should get penalised…he did the same with Kimi earlier in the race…

  6. Calum (@calum) said on 8th July 2012, 15:05

    Classic 2011 Hamilton-esque, he shows the pace is there, he has done some wonderful manouvers and had some nice results, but all too often throws it all away with moments of stupidity or rashness. It’s enfuriating not only for the fans of drivers he punts, but also fans of Maldonado!

  7. Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 8th July 2012, 15:17

    I disagree that Maldonado is some reckless driver everyone makes him out to be. He defended his position and I think in this case it was unfortunate that he lost control to take out Perez, but perhaps Maldonado needs to be given a warning (to be more careful) regarding these specific side by side maneuvers.

    • carbon_fibre (@carbon_fibre) said on 8th July 2012, 15:39

      Totally agree with you.He just happens to be involved in too many accidents this year.I wouldn’t say he is disrespectful to other drivers.His situation is similar to Hamilton’s last year.He just needs a small talk.It’s a shame that his reputation has been tainted so far this season beacuse he is an extremely fast driver.

      • Mark Hitchcock (@mark-hitchcock) said on 8th July 2012, 16:13

        Part of the reason he comes across as disrespectful towards other drivers is that when he tries these reckless moves (and deliberate or not, they have all been reckless) he is totally unrepentant afterwards.

        Today was clearly just a racing incident in which he lost control, but he hasn’t accepted any blame. It’s worrying that he sees no problem in the fact that his driving has caused a number of avoidable accidents recently.

      • Claidheamh (@aseixas) said on 8th July 2012, 16:21

        This was a racing incident, sure. But how do you explain what happened in Monaco between him and Perez?

  8. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 8th July 2012, 15:43

    At first I thought: racing incident.

    But after a bit of thinking, the Moscow rule comes to mind: Once is an accident. Twice is coincidence. Three times is a enemy action pattern. And Maldonado even goes beyond three times.

    • Mads (@mads) said on 8th July 2012, 18:55

      Exactly. This incident was understandable. Not great driving, but its okay. Even the best makes mistakes at times. But he has done it oh so many times that harsher punishing should come his way, even if the infringement isn’t that bad. Simply to try to knock some sense into his thick head.
      And if that means he should get a race ban, then so be it.

  9. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 8th July 2012, 15:49

    Maldonado really deserves a race ban at the very least after all of these incidents. He has consistently been reckless and over-aggressive. Not only is he throwing away great opportunities to gain points for himself and his team, but he is ruining other driver’s races as well.

    Though the situations aren’t quite the same, Yuji Ide had his super-license revoked in 2006. I’m not suggesting that Maldonado should be in the same situation as Ide, but the FIA can’t just give him penalties that are this lenient, when he is consistently doing this.

    In football, if a player consistently commits fouls against other players, they’ll eventually be sent off. Why shouldn’t Maldonado be given the same treatment?

  10. Bradley Downton (@bradley13) said on 8th July 2012, 15:56

    In 2006, Yuji Ide had his superlicense revoked after:
    Blocking Barrichello in qualifying for the Australian GP.
    Pitching Albers into a series of rolls in the San Marino GP.

    That was 2 incidents, only 1 where he took someone out.
    Maldonado has intentionally hit someone/taken someone out 4 times now:
    Hit Hamilton in Spa Quali 2011.
    Hit Perez in Monaco FP3 2012.
    Took Hamilton out in Valencia 2012.
    Took Perez out in Britain 2012.

    and he’s not even been banned for a race yet? The stewards seriously need to look at this.

    • carbon_fibre (@carbon_fibre) said on 8th July 2012, 16:04

      I don’t think the incident with Hamilton at Spa should be taken into account.And I strongly believe todays crash with Perez was a racing incident.

      • Spa shouldnt be taken into account?

        For me, its precisly Spa and Monaco is why i think Maldonado shouldnt be in F1. The racing crashes, ok, they are anoying and he needs to calm down. But its those 2 inncodents that happend when they were _not_ racing that show that he has a terrible temperment and is going to cause injury one day.

        • carbon_fibre (@carbon_fibre) said on 8th July 2012, 16:47

          The Spa incident was almost a full season ago!

          • Oh sorry, that makes it ok then.

            It dosnt matter how long ago it was, it only shows he hasnt learned from even previous inncodents before F1. Like being banned for crashes/ignoring flags and serverly injurying a marshall. He is a joke.

  11. Nathhulal said on 8th July 2012, 15:57

    Pastor’s only fault to date was his reaction after Lewis Hamilton shoved him off the final corner in Spa’11 during the qualifying. Lewis was clearly wrong in ruining Pastor’s qualifying lap there. But Pastor’s reaction has given him a reputation now. He gets vilified for everything after that, unfortunately all incidents after that have been clearly racing incident, with other driver having to share more (if not equal) blame.

    But now its become fashionable to call names and launch tirade against the Latin driver.

    • ” Lewis was clearly wrong in ruining Pastor’s qualifying lap there”

      wow. are you for real?

      Lewis had every right to finish his qualifying lap, the only reason he was up Maldonados gearbox was that Mal got blocked by Barrichello infront. Thats just tough ****

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 8th July 2012, 16:33

      @nathhulal, I’m afraid it is you who can’t see fault in a Latin driver, in Spa 11 Lewis was also qualifying and much faster than Maldonado, Lewis had no obligation to wait for Maldonado to move back onto the racing line before completing his lap. Maldonado drove badly and got stuck behind a slower car because he didn’t use his brain but rather than accept that he blamed Lewis and in a temper tantrum crashed into him.

      • double standard said on 8th July 2012, 17:15

        So true, Pastor has obligation for everything, no body else has no obligation. No obligation for giving space after car is already ahead. Its just Pastor that has all obligation. I wonder if Mosley had left some ww2 era obligations for drivers of certain countries and exempted some others

  12. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 8th July 2012, 15:59

    It looked pretty innocent to me but that’s just based on what I could see from that lap. He obviously didn’t gauge the corner well but I wouldn’t go so far too say it was outright reckless. I would like to see some previous laps for comparison to how he attacked that corner.

  13. Leftie (@leftie) said on 8th July 2012, 16:24

    Today’s one should be really treated like a racing incident, which in fact it was, but given Pastor’s crash record, i think suspended (‘do that again and you’re screwed’) ban for few GPs would be fully justified. Placing even a one race immediate ban would still be too harsh in my view. Pastor was a hot head even in lower categories, the public and the government body are pretty aware of that and should clearly indicate that this is not acceptable at the pinnacle of motorsport. We’re talking at a lower tones just because it was Brooklands, nobody’s got hurt, etc. I for one wouldn’t like to imagine the consequences of him loosing his read end as a result of overdriving the car alongside somebody at Copse, Becketts or Eau Rouge.

  14. Chris (@chrisckv) said on 8th July 2012, 16:26

    He has begin to earn the title MADonald-0! First he say Lewis is too aggressive in defending his line (!!??) and next thing he say he won’t change his aggressive style (isn’t that contrary). He don’t seem to decide which is which, aggressive or not, lef or right, attack or defend! And that’s the reason, he say and drive in a totally uncontrolled manner, hence creating a crash every weekend not on one driver but on any driver arounfd him…

  15. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 8th July 2012, 16:30

    So what now? Other drivers should avoid Pastor by at least 5 meters just because he’s a tough guy and exciting racer to watch? There is a line between tough, exciting racer and dangerous driver, Maldonado crossed it on several occasions. Also I strongly disagree with “this one wasn’t so bad” approach. By extension of this kind of logic, we should ignore speeding on roads for drivers who have already committed much serious traffic offenses because … this one wasn’t so bad! It’s not like he killed anyone (this time).

    IMO Maldonado should be given one final warning, if his antics are to be repeated – black flag and additional race ban.

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