Perez slams 'stupid' Maldonado
Sauber driver calls for official sanctions against the Williams driver
Last Updated: 08/07/12 7:07pm
Sergio Perez branded Pastor Maldonado "stupid" and demanded the FIA take action against the Williams driver after the Venezuelan was involved in yet another race-ending collision in the British Grand Prix.
Just two weeks after being found guilty of ramming Lewis Hamilton out of the European Grand Prix, Maldonado again appeared at fault for the incident that ended what was proving a promising race for Perez as they battled for position on lap 12.
After the Sauber and Williams had pitted simultaneously, Perez attacked the South American in the DRS zone approaching the Brooklands right-hander and, although he appeared to give his rival enough room to make the corner as well on the inside, Maldonado lost the rear of his car and was pitched into the side of the Sauber - with both cars spinning into the gravel as a result.
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The incident ended the Sauber driver's race on the spot, while Maldonado pitted for repairs and ultimately finished a lowly 16th.
Afterwards an angry Perez rebuked his rival live on Sky Sports F1 and demanded strong action to be taken against him.
"With this driver you cannot do anything. He is a stupid driver," Perez told Natalie Pinkham.
"He deserves a big penalty. We are risking our lives. He is dangerous."
The pair have history this season after Maldonado drove into the side of Perez's car during final practice in Monaco, while the Williams driver has also had several crashes of his own since the Australian season-opener.
However, despite receiving widespread criticism for his driving and being the subject of another stewards' investigation, Maldonado himself tried to play down the incident - suggesting he simply lost his FW34 on cold tyres and that Perez had actually squeezed him.
"It was a very disappointing moment because I was coming from the pit, cold tyres," Maldonado told Sky Sports F1.
"I tried to defend the place but on the entry when we were getting to the middle of the corner I just lost the rear. I think the tyres were so cold, he tried to close my way, we were side-by-side so close, and when I had a little moment I just touched him with my rear tyre.
"Disappointing for him and me too because the race so far was going good, but this is racing. So looking forward for the race."
*In the hours after the end of he race, Race Stewards concurred with Perez that Maldonado had been at fault in the incident and handed the Williams driver a 10,000 Euro fine and a reprimand.