• British Grand Prix

Perez slams 'very dangerous' Maldonado

ESPN Staff
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Sergio Perez was taken out of the race by Pastor Maldonado © Press Association

Sergio Perez has slammed Pastor Maldonado after their collision in the British Grand Prix, labelling him "very dangerous" and calling on the FIA to take action.

The two came together when Perez tried to pass Maldonado around the outside of Brooklands and Maldonado lost the rear of his car, forcing him to run wide in to the side of the Sauber. Maldonado was able to continue after a pit stop but Perez's race was ended and he told the BBC that the FIA needed to take action against Maldonado.

"It was matter of fact," Perez said. "I was already in front and if not he should have given me enough space not to crash but he tried to push me all the way to the outside. I don't understand the way he's driving, I really hope the stewards can make something because the last three or four races he has done something to someone. And it's not the first time he damaged my weekend. He did the same with Lewis [Hamilton] in Valencia and they just give him a drive-through, which I think is not enough. This guy will never learn anything if they don't do something. It's dangerous, he's a very dangerous driver and it can hurt someone."

With Maldonado having previously come together with Perez at Monaco and Hamilton in Valencia, Perez said that all the drivers were unhappy with his driving style.

"Everybody has concerns about him. He's a driver that has no respect, doesn't know that we are risking our lives and has no respect at all. The way he's driving I think the stewards really have to do something right now because it's not the first time he's done something and he has affected many other drivers, I'm not the only one."

Maldonado responded saying that it was just a racing incident and that he felt Perez's comments were made in the heat of the moment following his retirement.

"I think that he was angry because it compromised his race for sure," Maldonado said. "But looking forward to the next race he can say whatever he wants. We are racing, both of us were trying to do our best on the track; I was trying to defend the position and he was trying to gain the position and this is racing. Otherwise everyone races with the safety car and it's safer."

After the race, Maldonado was given a €10,000 fine and a reprimand by the stewards for causing a collision. The FIA said that in view of the serious nature of the Maldonado accident the stewards applied two penalties.