F1 » Perez is ‘just racing’, claims Michael

McLaren sporting director Sam Michael insists that there is nothing wrong with Sergio Perez's overtaking, despite criticism from rivals after Monaco.

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June 05, 2013 2:03 PM

I don't often agree with Michael, but in this case he is right. perez is paid to get the best result possible, and if this means passing a slower car, then so be it!
far better to see an attempt at passing than to see a train of cars all afraid to try a pass.


June 05, 2013 2:12 PM
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Methinks they defend him too much, got to get that Telmex money in I guess.

There's a happy medium, got to take risks but the move on Kimi at Monaco was never on as were a few others he's tried. Got to show a degree of judgement, its pretty marginal with Perez.

Sri - Unregistered

June 05, 2013 2:15 PM

If overtaking requires cooperation from other drivers to avoid contact, then it is not overtaking at all. Perez and McLaren have too much faith on other drivers (especially those who are fighting for WDC) that they will not try to cause collision and hence they can force their way in as they have nothing to lose as they are anyway not in WDC fight. Also all McLaren team have to support Perez otherwise it would appear that have ended up with egg on their face for the choice they made. Overlooking other talented drivers for that position is hurting them now, but they will not admit it.

whitew - Unregistered

June 05, 2013 2:29 PM

I think Perez is trying hard this year. He has Button scared, hence Jenson slagging him of at any opportunity.

The move on Kimi was a mistake, but lots of people make mistakes.

I think that Perez has talent whereas Grosjean is an accident waiting to happen.


June 05, 2013 2:42 PM

perez was run of the road in bahrain by his team mate, he then perfomed the same move on alonso later in the race. in monaco his team mate 'threw one up the inside at the chicane' forcing perez to take avoiding action on lap 1, perez is doing as his team mate (an ex world champion) does to him


June 05, 2013 6:59 PM

Mark, exactly, that's what I said on the Kimi/Perez page right after the race at Monaco namely that “an overtake in Monaco is in most cases a forced overtake” because of the nature of the track, and because of that (necessity of forced overtakes) the driver in front (in Monaco) will not leave any space for a possible overtake regardless if the attempting over taker will be able to make the corner or not, both Alonso and Kimi made that mistake (left space), Alonso thought the better of it, Kimi closed the door.

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