The Red Bull driver won his first race of the season in Monte Carlo and has emerged as a threat to the championship that his teammate Max Verstappen holds.

But footage emerging on social media of Perez’s post-race partying has caused him to apologise to his wife.

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“I have seen the videos that have been circulating about me and I take responsibility for it,” he posted.

“It was a bad party that I didn't know how to control at the height of the person that I am, but it was just that, a very bad party.

“People close to me know my values and the type of person that I am. 

“For those who ask me, we are more united than ever, me and my wife.

“And for those who just want to hurt us, I wish you the best. 

“Thank you all for your love and I apologise to all the people who love me because those videos don't represent me, not at all.

“We will not talk about this topic anymore, which only makes us forget the great moment we are living as a family. Thank you.”

Perez and wife Carola Martinez have three children together.

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Perez’s dramatic week included being caught on camera (again) whispering to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner that he had signed a new contract too quickly.

The news was then confirmed that Perez had signed on with Red Bull for the next two years.

“He’s in this championship just as much as Max is,” Horner said.

“The difference between the two of them is 15 points now, it’s nothing, so it’s a long way to go in this championship.”

F1 heads to Baku this weekend - Perez was last year’s winner of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix so is eyeing back-to-back success.