Eric Boullier & Fernando Alonso critical of Sergio Perez after 'aggressive' Monaco GP
"He's trying to often to be too aggressive," slams Lotus boss
By James Galloway in Monaco. Last Updated: 26/05/13 6:54pm
Sergio Perez's combative driving has been criticised by both Lotus boss Eric Boullier and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the wake of a string of wheel-to-wheel incidents involving the McLaren driver during the Monaco GP.
Perez, who was urged after a tepid start to his McLaren career to 'get his elbows out' by team boss Martin Whitmarsh, courted more controversy during the course of what was largely otherwise a characteristically processional race as he attempted numerous bold moves on cars at the harbourside chicane.
After clashing with team-mate Jenson Button for the second time this season on the opening lap, Perez pulled another bold move on Alonso at the chicane - which the Spaniard initially rebuffed by cutting the corner before being ordered to give the place back. The Mexican then tried to repeat the move on Raikkonen but the pair touched as the Lotus driver turned into the corner, with the clash puncturing the Finn's rear tyre.
Perez himself ultimately retired soon after after running straight on at the final corner with apparent damage to his MP4-28 and afterwards Lotus chief Boullier, Raikkonen's team boss, suggested the 23-year-old was attempting the "impossible" a little too often.
"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," Boullier told reporters.
"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."
While not as openly critical, Alonso was clearly not amused either with Perez's driving standards in general and made a thinly-veiled barb at Perez by referring to the place in which the Mexican ended the race.
"Really I don't want to make too much attention on this because the most important thing is that Felipe [Massa]'s good [after a heavy crash] and the second most important thing is [Nico] Rosberg that won the race," Alonso said on what was an otherwise disappointing day for his championship bid.
"Then with Perez he has the car parked in the Rascasse - that is the only point that you can say.
"He was lucky this year in two or three incidents. In Bahrain [there was] nearly contact with Jenson, with me I was off the track avoiding contact. Here at the chicane I avoided contact again, but Kimi was not lucky because he didn't avoid the contact. But only McLaren has to be happy with him."
Alonso - We didn't have the pace
However, the Ferrari driver he admitted he did agree with the stewards' demand for him to give the place back when he held position over Perez by jumping the chicane - even if he says he only did it to avoid a collision.
"I tend to agree with the decision because I cut a little bit the chicane," Alonso added.
"Arguably I cut to avoid the contact because I turned and I was not alone in the corner or anything and missed the chicane. I was perfectly able to do it but here in Monaco there is no space for two cars and I cut to avoid the contact and then you need to give back the decision always.
"So I agree with that decision."