Perez says he raced “hard and fair” in Monaco

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Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Monte-Carlo, 2013In the round-up: Sergio Perez responds to Kimi Raikkonen’s repeated criticism of his driving, saying his moves were “hard and fair”.

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“There may not be much to show from Monaco, but it was another positive race for me ?ǣ we had stronger pace throughout the weekend, and I felt that I raced hard and fairly, earning my positions the hard way ?ǣ by competing for, and winning, them on the track.”

Kimi Raikkonen on the Canadian Grand Prix (Lotus)

“We should never have been in that position in the first place [at the end of the race], but it was good to at least get a point at the end. In a way, it almost makes it more frustrating as when we had the clean air after the pit stop it was probably the first time you saw how quick our car really was.”

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Juan Pablo Montoya won the Monaco Grand Prix from third on the grid, passing Kimi Raikkonen at the start then jumping ahead of team mate Ralf Schumacher at the first round of pit stops.

Raikkonen finished second ahead of Michael Schumacher. But Jenson Button failed to start the race after this nasty crash during practice:

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96 comments on Perez says he raced “hard and fair” in Monaco

  1. Alexander (@alexanderfin) said on 1st June 2013, 9:58

    A picture is worth a thousand words

    • Alexander (@alexanderfin) said on 1st June 2013, 10:09

      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=474247865988951&set=a.401234903290248.93314.401220693291669&type=1&theater
      The link to the picture, for me Perez just tried something impossible when he went for that gap, which Kimi closed already early on the straight, and the speeds that he tries to do it at..

      • 5150 (@) said on 1st June 2013, 10:47

        I agree with you. Kimi’s line out of the tunnel was a cars length more to the left than Alonso’s. Kimi was saying to Perez: “NO GAP”. But he still went for it. It’s like stuffing the elephant into rabbits’ hole .There was no gap. But I think people who defend Perez won’t change their minds.

      • Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 1st June 2013, 15:25

        which Kimi closed already early on

        And there was the problem. Kimi should have known better than to close the door in that section. Not saying its Kimi’s fault, but he effectively invited the collision. Because when a driver commits to brake late there, there is nothing they can do. However, if Kimi had kept the outside line, I doubt Perez would have overtaken him anyway.

        • Angelia (@angelia) said on 1st June 2013, 22:55

          Perez should have known better and never have gone for that closing gap.
          Perez already tried the move and it didn’t work, instead of using good judgment he just tried it again, and this time there was even less of a chance that it might work. Kimi drove that same line for 10 laps before, exactly because Perez already tried to overtake him there. Kimi took the widest line he could to still be able to turn at the chicane. Perez on the other hand was committing to a move and and a line that would never have made the chicane.
          If the move has to be done so far ahead and you cant stop it, then why on earth did he commit to a move where he would not have been able to make the chicane? That just doesn’t make any sense.

    • Ivano (@) said on 1st June 2013, 13:58

      @alexanderfin

      And so it does…
      I’ll quote one of the comments beneath that picture.
      “Racing driver goes for gap (that his car will physically fit through…..shocker!)”

      Perez did well, he’s a racing driver, went for it as the car could fit there, there was space… boohoo Kimi, he must go drink his vodka with ice-cream… What does Kimi, a special flag to inidicate drivers behind when it’s okay to overtake him? LOL

      I like Kimi, got his Ferraris on my desk, but here, Perez is right.

      • Angelia (@angelia) said on 1st June 2013, 23:05

        But the gap was never there, to begin with. Why did Perez crash into Kimi if there was a gap? Perez has driven many laps around Monaco he knows there is a chicane there and you have to turn left if you want to take the chicane.

        Perez cant expect drivers in front of him to drive off the circuit for him. The onus was on Perez to realize that there wasn’t a gap there, and other drivers dont have to drive off the circuit so that he can pass them.

  2. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 1st June 2013, 12:30

    I hope Martin B makes full use of Twitter to publicise his new book…
    #martinbrundlescrapbook

  3. Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 1st June 2013, 15:04

    Last year when Perez has a car capable of podiums and consistent point finishes when Pastor crashed into him & destroyed his race doing the same move that Perez did to Kimi & Fernando (hopefully Alonso was thinking of the WDC), he called him “STUPID” and now he says about himself that he raced “HARD & FAIR” , schizophrenia at least for me
    This argument “Hard & fair, racing drivers…..” is not valid when you cross the lines, it is just like a professional boxer punching his rival with his head or legs …… and then saying that he is “brave & strong”…
    Just watch the battles between Mark Webber & Fernando Alonso with breathtaking moves absolutely on the limit and the drivers still respect each other that’s “hard & fair” but trying to pass at any cost even crashing into the others that’s not “hard & fair” that’s “crash or let me pass” & that’s not fair play

  4. Michael Brown (@) said on 1st June 2013, 15:38

    I think Perez raced hard and fair except when he collided with Raikkonen

  5. Alfred (@afya) said on 1st June 2013, 21:32

    Someone please punch him in the face for me.

  6. Calvinette said on 1st June 2013, 21:52

    I always thought Kimi was an aggressive driver, just in a cold and measured way. I think his move on Perez was aggressive (and he had every right to make it), and he might have been able to get away with it without damage to himself.
    Perez, on the other hand, drove like the idiot he is, and admitting he was at fault would be the only grown-up thing to do. This ******** about him racing ‘fair’ only makes him look even more stupid.

  7. anon said on 2nd June 2013, 16:46

    If Kimi didn’t want Perez passing or attempting to pass him then he simply should have driven the same speed as Perez — which he should have been able to do considering he’s in a much faster car.

  8. Nickpkr21 said on 3rd June 2013, 1:46

    For the new KIMI fans just to let you know that Kimi is not new at ruining other drivers monaco gp same spot btw, to Sutil while running in a very strong fourth position in Monaco with six laps remaining, he was hit in the rear by fifth placed Kimi Räikkönen who lost control of his car while braking for the harbour chicane. A crash a few laps earlier had resulted in the safety car being deployed, with Sutil losing his considerable lead over the Finnish driver. Sutil’s car suffered damage to the rear diffuser, and he was forced to retire. Mike Gascoyne called for Räikkönen to be punished over the incident. No punishment, however, was given.
    Sutil should of have punch Kimi then ! Perez was all over Kimi and Kimi lost it under pressure, Alonso & Button didn’t , Perez didn’t hit anyone, sutil, button, grosjean, chilton, hit other drivers and Kimi create the accident again.

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