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Perez defends his aggressive approach

ESPN Staff
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Sergio Perez went on the attack in Monaco © Sutton Images

Sergio Perez thinks he raced "hard and fairly" during the Monaco Grand Prix despite being criticised by some of his rivals.

Perez incurred the wrath of fellow drivers after battling his way through the field and attempting some audacious passing moves at the Nouvelle Chicane. Kimi Raikkonen said the McLaren driver should be "punched in the face" after Perez's failed attempt to overtake him for fourth place which resulted in contact.

However, Perez, who eventually retired with a brake issue, has defended his approach in Monaco, arguing it was hard but fair.

""There may not be much to show from Monaco, but it was another positive race for me - we had stronger pace throughout the weekend, and I felt that I raced hard and fairly, earning my positions the hard way - by competing for, and winning, them on the track."

Perez is hoping for another competitive weekend at the next race in Canada and said the circuit rewards "fighters".

"There are plenty of positives to take forward to Canada. It's a race I enjoy - I finished on the podium there last year; and I feel like the team is bringing performance to the car at every race. Although we're still not where we need to be, I hope the Montreal weekend will be another step. At the very least, I think we can have a good weekend - it's a race that can reward a fighter because it's often so unpredictable."