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Kimi takes Perez ‘punishment’ to new level
28 May 2013
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
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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