Raikkonen: Maybe someone should punch Perez
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Posted By: James Allen  |  27 May 2013   |  3:25 pm GMT  |  467 comments

Sergio Perez’s style of driving was once again brought into question in the Monaco Grand Prix with the McLaren driver attempting a series of aggressive and late-braking overtaking moves, including one on Kimi Raikkonen which effectively ended his own race and damaged the Lotus driver’s title ambitions.

The Mexican, 23, tried to pass Raikkonen, 33, up the inside of the Nouvelle Chicane for fifth, but both ended up cutting the corner. Later in the race, Perez tried a similar move but this time the pair collided with Perez hitting the barriers and Raikkonen suffering a puncture.

Perez later retired while Raikkonen battled back from 13th on the penultimate lap to rescue 10th and one world championship point. The incident put a big dent in Raikkonen’s championship hopes as the Finn saw the deficit to leader Sebastian Vettel, who finished second, rise from four points to 21.

When asked if drivers should talk to Perez about his style, Raikkonen said: “That won’t help. Maybe someone should punch him in the face. It was a really disappointing day. Because of one stupid move from Sergio we’ve lost a lot of points to Sebastian in the championship and you can’t afford to lose ground like that.

“He hit me from behind and that’s about all there is to it. If he thinks it’s my fault that he came into the corner too fast then he obviously has no idea what he’s talking about.

“It’s not the first time he’s hit someone in the race; he seems to expect people to be always looking at what he might do, then move over or go straight on if he comes into the corner too quick and isn’t going to make it without running into someone.”

Earlier in the afternoon, Perez had put a bold move on McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, who finished sixth, at the same corner with the Briton saying the Mexican “made a good move when he overtook me, so fair play to him”.

Perez followed that up with a pass on Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, again at the same chicane, with the Spaniard cutting the corner to avoid contact and later being asked by the FIA to concede the position as a result of not making the corner.

Despite the criticism from Raikkonen, Perez insisted he was not to blame for the collision with the 2007 world champion. “If someone could have avoided the accident then it was Kimi and not myself,” said Perez. “It was risky, but there was nothing I could do to avoid the crash.

“I overtook Fernando and Jenson in the same place, so at the end of the day you have to give some space. If you look at the accident, I hit the wall on entry of the corner, so Kimi gave me no room at all and there was nothing I could do to avoid it.”

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier didn’t see it the same way, adding that this was not the first time Perez has been involved in a tangle this season, in reference to when the Mexican banged wheels with team-mate Button in Bahrain.

“He tried it once and if you look at the video he was attempting very, very late braking and misunderstanding the braking line of Kimi. I think that was a little bit too much,” said Boullier.

“He nearly crashed with his team-mate in Bahrain, here there was also a little bit of action. It looks like he’s trying to often to be too aggressive and attempt something which is most of the time impossible to do.”

Alonso also criticised Perez, who stopped out on track at the final corner when his brakes failed, saying: “Perez, he has the car parked there in the Rascasse and that is the only comment I can say. He was lucky this year with two or three incidents. In Bahrain, he nearly had contact with Jenson, and with me I was off the track to avoid a contact.

“Here I cut the chicane to avoid a contact again. Kimi was not lucky because he didn’t avoid the contact and at the end Perez retired. Only McLaren have to be happy with him, the others we just need to do our work.”

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh refused to criticise his driver. “With Checo, we want him to go out there, be fearless, and learn sometimes you have to play a bit of a percentage game,” he said. “But overall you need someone who is committed, just as he was, so I’m happy with the way he is going.

“You can look at that incident and say Kimi didn’t give space, but I’m not overly-criticising Kimi either. To overtake here takes a bit of a risk, and Sergio did a lot of over-taking, was passionate. If these other drivers are getting upset, that’s probably a good sign.”

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if anyone sees this video and says it was raikkonens fault……then seriously u dont know anything about f1….

instead of justifying his move perez must accept his mistake….

raikkonen clearly had indicated that he will not give space


This is what Kimi actually said – I guess someone talked him out of it !



As a McLaren fan with ambivalent feelings toward Hamilton, I had high hopes for Perez. He clearly has great pace and perhaps more confidence with the MP4-28 than Button. Nevertheless, the replays show that Raikkonen had the racing line and that Perez grossly miscalculated how far a late-breaking maneuver would take him.

It’s disappointing to hear that Perez hasn’t diffused the situation by acknowledging his fault in the incident and apologizing. Instead he’s dug his heels in, which appears to have made matters worse. All Raikkonen has to do is make good on his promise to punch Perez in the face to cement a trite reputation as the sport’s reigning badass.


props to you, a McLaren fan, for being honest about your man’s failure to “man-up” in this instance and 1) admit his mistake/poor decision and 2) diffuse the situation by apologizing…



All this about processional races and driver’s being cautiuos etc..

Let’s go back to ’92. Mansell is walking it in Monaco when he gets a deflating right rear. He pits the Williams and comes out behind Senna, catching him at 2-3 seconds a lap.

On fresh rubber, he’s all over the back of the Mclaren and CLEARLY faster…yet does not make a stupid charge up the inside, and lives to fight another day. Was he over-cautious, or not “racy” enough? By the way, Mansell wrapped up a WDC that year with time to spare…

Now go back to ’89. Same two drivers, except now we’re in Hungary and Mansell is “Il Leone” in Ferrari…again he’s all over Senna and as they come up to lap a (i think) Ligier, Senna hesitates…Mansell pulls the move of the year and sweeps past both cars ina brillaint display of oppertunism…

My point is the top guys, the guys who become WDC’s, know when to make a pass, and when to hold back – even if they’re faster than the car ahead. Checo needs to learn that skill.

Clearly, he’s quick…but he needs to check himself and not go argy-bargy just because he wants to “put on a show” or impress. Martin whitmarsh is correct in supporting his driver, but must be wary to send and incorrect message that he supports reckless driving…even if Checo comes with money, risking the car costs the team money and points.

As for Kimi…he should be a triple champ if the damn MacMerc had been more reliable in 2003 and if his teammate “Tennis Elbow” Montoya had been able to support him better.

I still think Kimi has brass balls after driving Eu Rouge flat through engine smoke and setting pole…

simon mawdsley

Interesting someone earlier cited Brundle’s comment that Senna would put you in a position where you would choose whether or not to have an accident. Worth remembering that back then an accident had a high chance of fatality, not so anymore…..and with that in mind I’m glad Kimi set the precedent that it’s better to have an accident with Perez than to give him the psychological upper hand. In the absence of this then Perez would walk every race.


I can’t believe there are people citing Brundle’s assessment of Senna as indicative of driving that’s to be admired! Senna may have been a Christian but he was not a good or kind person behind the wheel and certainly not someone I as a fan would want to see modern drivers emulate, unless they were as transcendentally-gifted as Senna was (and even then, I’d prefer that the unethical ruthlessness not be manifest).

simon mawdsley

Who is citing Brundles assessment of Senna as indicative of driving thats to be admred?


Was great to see Perez in a confident and attacking mood. However his attempt at overtaking Kimi was a step too far. The space he went for was clearly going to disappear as Kimi turned into the corner and I think was poor judgement on Perez’s part.

Torchwood Five

Curious to know what others’ view is of this. A lot of comments are that Perez’ earlier passes only worked due to the cooperation of the drivers he was going up the inside off.

I wasn’t afforded the same onboard camera view of Jenson’s attempt on Perez at the same corner, where Perez had to cut the chicane and concede the place, same as Alonso cut the chicane and had to concede the place. So, I don’t know how similar Button’s move was. If it was the same, certainly that could or should be considered as where Sergio got the idea that manoeuvre could work out, and start doing it himself.


They were miles apart!. With Jenson and Fernando he was alongside with Kimi he was a few car lengths behind- had no hope- was plain stupid .

Torchwood Five

Okay, thank you for taking the time to clear that up.


I’m having a good laugh there! Now all the WDC’s should yield the route to other drivers if thy don’t want to risk a crash, end up the barriers and hurt their title campaign?

What about them same drivers be careful when racing the Champions out there? Someone desperate to prove to the world their value maybe they should also learn/take wheel-to-wheel basics! We never saw the sacred TOP 5 bang into each other, they always gave space and trust the rival knowing how to stick the move… that’s said I would scared too to start alongside Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado(for a change it wasn’t his fault this week-end) or Sergio Perez!

Just look at what Romain did when he closed on Lewis Hamilton exiting the pitlane Saturday or Sergio when he passed Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso this Sunday!

A punch in the face wouldn’t be enough! The stewards gotta teach them a lesson soon rather than later!


I think this has to be the bottom line: if it were Alonso, Button or Webber in place of Perez, would there have been an accident? I doubt it.

Once you’ve been driving on the road for a few years, you develop a sort of sixth sense for what other motorists are going to do next and can react before things happen. Anyone who drives every day will know what I mean. Perhaps this also carries over to motor racing – a more senior driver like the ones I mentioned above might have sensed that Kimi was going to take the line he did, before he actually took it, and not gone for the move.


Perez you really need to grow up and learn to moderate when to make the moves. I agree the first couple of overtakes were really impressive, but like everything it can always be taken too far. And besides if your going to hit someone then hit Vettel. There’s no good complaining at the end of the season that Sebs won yet another champ. He’s not a great driver, he only wins because everyone else fights each other too hard during the championship and he has a good car. Why does no one take Vettel out? Everyone always drives of the road to let Vettel past and then blocks everyone else(mentioning no names HAMILTON). Most of the f1 drivers are soft. They are under false belief that its cool to be pushy, but they dont even do that right. The only f1 driver with any balls was Montoya.


I don’t think Vettel would have squeezed Perez the way Räikkönen did so I think Perez would not have taken out Vettel.


James was the incident ever put to the stewards ? It wasn’t covered during the race . Perez should cop a penalty


Well done Perez. As Senna said, if there is a space and you don’t go for it, you are no longer a racing driver.


As the crash confirmed there was no space to go for it.


I hardly doubt diving from miles away, beeing BEHIND the rear tyres of the car that is in front, is what Senna called a space. This is called a non-opportunity, or a mistake.


Technically the stewards are at fault. They emboldened SP when they made Alonso, & I am no Alonso fan, give the grid space back. Perez was being allowed to get away with driving crazy so he kept it up. If Gro gets penalized 10 grid spaces for dive-bombing from behind, then Perez gets at least 5 spaces for dive-bombing Kimi from behind. Kimi did just what he was suppose to do & this could cost him the championship. Something needs to be done.

MW praises SP because he picked him for Carlos Slims money.


Kimi4WDC, Doug.. i´m not saying that kimi it´s a bad driver, i´m know that he is one of the best in the grid, I’m just saying kimi could be smarter and give enough space as Alonso and Button did., On the camera onboard it looks kimi takes the corner too soon to what should be taken, especially if it had been positioned in the middle of the track. any former race driver who saw the race have the same opinion.

and with respect to performance, i was talking about the race performance of Button in Bahrain, and race performance of Alonso and Kimi in Monaco.


This Clip says it all:


His distance to KR before breaking is Equal to total breaking distance into the chicane!

James, have you heard the Clip on youtube, where Kimi tells on radio that “that idiot will crash into me if I dont og straight at the chicane”? Is before the crash, he knew this would end badly… 🙂

Anyway, Perez should have gotten a 5 grid penalty for causing a collision, that`s my wiew.


Raikonen-Perez accident could not be more clear if we look at rule book.The driver in front can chance his line once coming in to a corner or chicane and that is exactly what Raikkonen did.Raikkonen was one tyre short of being the whole car lenght in front of Perez also. Perez made nice legimate pass on Button an that is it when speaking about overtakes.Driver is not allowed make that kind of kamikaze surges like Perez did in Monaco. If somebody thinks otherwise,you do not understand cars or motor racing.Perez should be penalised at least 5 positions in the next GP or the stewards should at least warn him.


Perez just got a bit too full of himself, that was an optimistic move, it wasnt going to happen. This race put on full display the talents of those who truly have it and those who dont. Watching Button, Alonso, Hamilton, and Kimi… weave through the streets was artistry in motion, watching Perez, Grosjean and Chilton was a reminder that they should probably go back to GP2


+1… Chilton shouldn’t even be in F1 (Daddy bought him that seat!) I wish Davide Valsecchi and Jules Bianchi were given the opportunity to drive for a midfield/top teams as soon as possibe!

Those are talented drivers!


Seems to me that sutil and perez were the only ones challenging on Sunday… Lewis threw a good one at Webber that didn’t stick. Kimi then started challenging and passed a ton of cars to get back in the points. The rest were just out lapping.

I don’t buy the “protecting tires” in this particular situation- if vettel was so much quicker- why was he just sitting 2 seconds back of Rosberg. Grow a pair and fight for the win! Reality is that these “classy” drivers were just out for a Sunday drive and were content to stay in the places they were in. I’d rather watch Perez and sutil any day (and kimi when he got fired up).

If webber was in front of Seb he would have been asked to fight nico as hard as he could. To vettel, the points over alonso/kimi were too good to risk. MHO


Nobody complained when Heidfeld dived Alonso at the chicane in 2005.


Gord, that was ages ago. Nobody complained when David Coulthard in RBR ploughed into pretty much everyone that tried overtaking him back in his final years.


I like Perez, but this was so predictably going to happen. After his first couple of moves to get past Alonso and Button my partner and I were watching and both commented that in order to get by Perez NEEDED the co-operation of the driver in front. Alonso and Button were both savvy enough to avoid a collision, but you just knew that Perez was pushing his luck, especially when he came up to Kimi. I remember my partner saying that it was going to end in tears and it did.

It’s not brave or courageous or intelligent to just throw your car into a corner knowing that you can’t stop it in time if things go wrong and hoping that the driver in front will just let you through. It’s not a sound strategy either. If that driver doesn’t see you or doesn’t feel like giving you space its ALWAYS going to end badly. How is that an intelligent way to drive?

If that was acceptable I’ll stop paying attention when joining Motorways and hope other drivers will just see me merging and get out of my way.


Not a very classy comment but I wouldn’t expect much else from Kimi.

Superb driver, but his attitude towards the fans and media stinks. Why so many love him is beyond me.

As for Sunday, his line is remarkably similar to that Prost took at the harpin at Suzuka 89. He turned in miles to early with the sole intention of putting Perez in the wall.

He lost his head and it cost him a number of championship points. Only himself to blame.

I don’t see how Perez can be criticised for actually having a go and remembering he’s a RACING driver.


I don’t think you’ve watched the 89 Japan GP and you can’t compare this with what happended last Sunday: Perez was miles away from Raikkonen, his front wheels behing the rear wheels of the car in front of him. Senna and Prost were side by side.


So as long as every driver has a “go” than it’s ok to you and F1! I mean it’s ok to crash into someone and take them out even if it’s risky and dangerous but you had a “go” so it’s all good!


No not at all!

However in this instance I believe when Perez committed to the move there was room on the inside.

Kimi then tried to ‘teach him a lesson’ by moving in the braking zone, squeezing the space, not even leaving a cars width. Effectively putting him in the wall. Even Brundle said Perez was entitled to more space.


Kimi did not try to teach him a lesson, your just exaggerating! He was already on his line going into the corner.

Brundle can say what he likes but the whole paddock thinks Perez went too far and dive bombed into a corner which was never there.



Kimi is the only driver with respect for the fans.

And the media?!?

You are WAY wrong.


Well maybe I’ve just had bad experiences then, but I’ve been to about three seperate fan events where he was present and he couldn’t care less.

Couldn’t wait to get away, not answering questions, taking the back door to avoid having to sign any autographs etc.

His TV interview/behaviour with the BBC in Malaysia was very poor too.

As I said above I have the highest opinion of him as a driver (this Perez incident aside) but I just don’t see this ‘personality’ thing, apart from being devoid of any.


Grosjean must be your hero.


Yeah – Good one Nick.

On the basis you seem to like drivers who put people into walls I assume yours is Schumacher.


Wasn’t a fan of Schumacher either. If you think that Kimi shouldn’t have defended his position then I am at a loss for words.

Perez was entitled to space only when he was alongside and not by the virtue of braking late and hoping that the other guy gives him a free pass.

And as for “I don’t see how Perez can be criticised for actually having a go”, you must be busy defending Grosjean too for “having a go” at Riccardo.


Classic Nick.

Kimi probably did everyone a favour.

Perez was just putting everyone in the position of either having a crash, or swerving out of his way and missing the next turn and having to concede anyway, as was the case with Alonso.

Perez might think twice next time he tries that strategy.


Perez’s driving changed when he inked the Mclaren deal. His ego is getting the better of him. I think he is overrating himself and his capabilities. He has an entitlement attitude. Maybe he was just as bad early last year, but I don’t remember seeing it.


There are Top Class F1 drivers such as Alonso, Kimi, Vettel, Hamilton

Then there are Crash Prone Wannabes such as Grosjean, Maldonado, Perez.


Let’s not get carried away.

Perez, despite this wreckless move is not in the same category of Maldonado, and Grosjean is now starting to look like someone who has some kind of a congenital problem, like narcolepsy, or something equally disasterous for a formula one driver; fast but no cigar.


Perez is just a young baby trying to get an attention.

That was probably normal at his years but he needs to be punished after so much incidents. He just needs to understand if you can’t go out from a corner without hitting the other driver you can’t go in.


Deep down Perez is actually wanting the super star attention and recognition, he feels he’s not getting the respect that he deserves, this is how i see his body language and reasoning to his actions.


Look guys,

it’s just a young driver learning. The other moves he pulled off only happened because Kimi was closer to the cars in front. (Meaning you start breaking a little earlier) At that time Kimi had fallen back a few car lengths (Meaning he could attack the breaking zone a bit more)Perez just has to learn when it’s possible.

Oh and Kimi squeezed him into the wall as well. I would love to see an onboard of Kimi. It looks like he turning in too early for the apex.


In the second sentence above “Kimi” stands for what ever car Perez was over taking. Button, Alonso.

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