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Raikkonen suggests punch may wake Perez up

An aggrieved Kimi Raikkonen has suggested extreme measures may be necessary to make Sergio Perez think twice about his overtaking moves.
A little lost amongst the post-race furore over Mercedes' supposedly illicit tyre test with Pirelli was another gem of a comment from Kimi Raikkonen that has already landed the Finn a new range of mugs and T-shirts….

Raikkonen was the most harshly affected 'victim' of Sergio Perez's feisty Monaco Grand Prix, the pair coming together late in the race in an incident that had each blaming the other as the main culprit.

Perez had already successfully attacked and passed McLaren team-mate Jenson Button at Monaco's infamous chicane, and had been awarded another place when Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was forced to cut the corner to avoid contact with the Mexican's car. Attempting to gain another place had seen both Perez and Raikkonen earlier take to the run-off, and the pair finally came together ten laps later when Perez found his preferred route down the inside of the approach closed off by his rival.

With nowhere to go, the Mexican suffered contact on both sides, most significantly with the barriers, but not before giving Raikkonen a puncture that turned a certain top five finish into a last lap scramble for a single point. It was of little consolation to the Finn that Perez was eventually forced to retire with brake damage, and the Lotus driver did not hold back when criticising his rival in post-race comments.

His ire peaked, however, when questioned about the incident by a German television station. Asked whether it was time for the drivers to get together and address the situation with Perez before the next race, Raikkone suggested that mere words would not be enough to get the message through.

"I don't know,” he sighed, "It is maybe better to hit him in the face and then he'll understand."

Following his typically abrupt response to team instructions en route to success in last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Raikkonen's comment has already inspired several spin-off items for fans to show their support of his suggestion....



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25.05.2013- Qualifying, Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28
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26.05.2013- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
26.05.2013- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
26.05.2013- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21 and Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28
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24.05.2015- Atmosphere
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24.05.2015- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30 out of the race
24.05.2015- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
24.05.2015- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30 is burning after the stop
24.05.2015- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Honda MP4-30
24.05.2015- Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10
24.05.2015- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
24.05.2015- Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10 crash after a contact with Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23 in St. Devote corner
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24.05.2015- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T

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nealio

May 28, 2013 6:22 PM

Perez has to learn that getting your front wheel level with a competitor's rear wheel doesn't constitute a pass! Stupid move and if an extreme facial is needed so be it. Maybe knock some common sense into Checo's head!

Offordef - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 3:30 PM

Perez complained last year that some young drivers were too agressive. It makes me believe he has serious issues with his memory. Nonetheless, he did spice up the race. Too bad he burned himself with his own recipe however making The Iceman Overheat is priceless



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