Sergio Perez isn’t a fan of Verstappen’s combative approach or of unclear rules.
With Seb Vettel playing devil’s advocate (or turncoat, it could be surmised), Kimi Raikkonen could use a fellow player in his corner at this dark, difficult time. A rescue of sorts has come in the form of Sergio Perez. The Spaniard from Force India deeply disapproves of Verstappen’s conduct at the Hungarian Grand Prix, feeling like he went above and beyond in the worst way possible. He cites the incident as a good reason F1 needs to work towards clarifying its rules.
“I think that it was too much, too much moving under braking and it’s something we need to clarify. We sometimes see drivers over-defending position and it can be quite dangerous if you are moving under braking, just as in the last moment.”
At the very least, he feels the FIA should draw a line at heavy braking when another driver’s nose is to your bumper. Shit just ain’t cool.
“It’s a bit inconsistent sometimes, as we know, but well in the past, we had a bit more freedom. The rules gave more freedom to fight harder for our position. But I think braking at the last moment was not correct. We sometimes see drivers over-defending their position and it can be quite dangerous if you are moving under braking, just in the last moment.”
Verstappen is definitely guilty as charged. When Raikkonen tried to overtake him in Hungary, the teenager insistent on aggressively blocking his every attempt to get ahead. Unsportsmanlike of him, according to some. But there are others, like Seb Vettel, who’d insist that his belligerence is simply racing as it’s meant to be done.
As with many things, it all comes down to stylistic preference.