Sergio Perez has blamed Felipe Massa for their crash in the Canadian Grand Prix and hit back at comments from Rob Smedley.
Smedley said on Sunday night that Force India had been reckless in leaving Perez out on track with a brake issue, describing what he had heard via the Force India team radio as a "fairly f*****g terminal problem"
. However, Perez - who was penalised for the incident - has pointed the finger at Massa for causing the accident and has told Smedley that he is "misguided" in his quotes.
“It was very disappointing to lose such a strong result through no fault of our own," Perez said. "I was following the same line and braking patterns as in the previous laps and I just got hit from behind by Massa. There was plenty of space on the left of my car to attempt a clean overtake and I cannot understand why he had to scrape by.
“I watched several replays of the incident and I can't help but notice how Felipe turns right just before he hits me. I can only think he must have changed his mind and wanted to rejoin the racing line, his misjudgement cost us a big amount of points.
"Also, I'm not happy about comments saying we should have retired the car. It was perfectly driveable with just some adjustments and we showed it up until the moment in which we were taken out. Other cars out there had been in similar conditions for way longer than us and they finished the race without problems.
"If someone thinks you can keep two Red Bulls behind for as long as we did with so-called 'terminal' problems, they are clearly misguided.”