F1 » Perez: I did nothing stupid

Sergio Perez: At the end of the day it [the incident with Kimi Raikkonen] happened. I'll move forward from that and I look forward to doing a great race here

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June 07, 2013 7:44 PM

Reg 20.4 (giving a cars width) only applies to a defending driver on a straight. Perez has no part of his car alongside Kimi's while they are both going straight, only when Raikkonen starts moving left does Perez have any part of his car next to Kimi (watched the replay a million times, yes I am sad). Ergo, Perez' fault and lucky to receive no penalty.


June 07, 2013 8:23 PM

1007SS2009, You must admit that since the surrounds came there have been a lot more incidents like the one between Kimi & Checo. I don't think it's wise to forget about safety, even in F1.
So you are saying that every time a driver turns into a corner it is a defensive move? That is not the wording in the FIA regulations.
The FIA didn't penalize Raikkonen either, did they?
Let's just see how Perez's driving progresses through the season.


June 07, 2013 8:24 PM

@rob01 Not true. There are only 2 regulations where you must leave a space when defending.

I argued above how Raikkonen is compliant with 20.4, which applies to the defending driver.

Reg 20.3 Yes you do have to leave a width but only when returning to the racing line after a defensive move, so if the offensive car is on the racing line, you can't just shove them off. But Raikkonen is not returning to the racing line, he is continuing his defensive line which is allowed. In fact, neither are anywhere near the racing line. The racing line is on the outside of both of them. If Perez was attacking on Kimi's right (the racing line) and had his wing alongside Kimi after Kimi's move left, and Raikkonen moved right to return to the race line hitting Perez, Kimi would've been at fault. However as I said before, Kimi is not returning to the racing line, therefore this rule doesn't apply.

Reg 20.5 No 'one car width' condition here. This refers to 'deliberate crowding' and abnormal changes of d


June 07, 2013 8:29 PM

Reg 20.5 No 'one car width' condition here. This refers to 'deliberate crowding' and abnormal changes of direction. I think Kimi is in the clear here, as the line he is going to take is clear from the start, and the move not 'deliberate'. It was Perez who made the choice to go for the closing gap. There is no abnormal change of direction by Kimi, as only one move was made.

If you watch the Webber Vergne crash in China, Verge is not obliged to give Webber the corner just because a part is alongside. Vergne does not give Webber a cars width, and Webber hits him. Webber was penalised for causing a collision. Thats why i think Perez was lucky to escape a penalty.

Sorry for the essay.


June 07, 2013 8:33 PM

Perez didn't give space for Raikkonen to make the corner.
The reality, just as we all saw, is that if you stick your nose up the inside of the leading car as it turns into the corner on the racing line you are going to have an accident.
You seem to be saying that the desire of the trailing driver to pass negates his responsibility to the leading driver and track personnel and even to himself to pass safety.


June 07, 2013 8:34 PM

Deliberate crowding is what Kimi done to Perez after failing to leave no room for a possible overtake move from the car behind.
one doesn't leave any tiny room for a possible overtake at Monaco as all overtakes out there are forced overtakes.


June 07, 2013 8:42 PM

107SS2009, How do you crowd a car behind you? You are saying Kimi should have taken the escape road when he saw Checo behind him, assuming he did see him.
That's a funny way to go racing. Maybe Perez should have a loud horn he could beep to clear everyone out of his way?


June 07, 2013 8:54 PM

perez continued to gamble in monaco because the daft rule says he can. since the rule came in we have seen them penalise some moves and ignore others. they also decided this year to be more lenient unless the actions result in accidents. we had an accident in monaco where the rules allowed sergio to continue to attempt the move, even when it wasnt really on, and they couldnt penalise kimi because he hadnt done anything wrong, although they did penalise alonso for avoiding contact, just as they had penalised perez for doing the same on lap 1


June 07, 2013 8:55 PM

Alonso's and Raikkonen's intelligent responses to Perez's unsafe passing attempts are interesting. Alonso perceived Checo was going to be overambitious and reacted quickly to safe as many points as possible.
Kimi, in my opinion, determined that it would not be in his interest to let Checo intimidate him and took his rightful line. Now Perez is full of braggadocio but I'd bet he'll not make a move like that on Kimi again. Which response is better doesn't really matter but it does tell you something about the man.

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