Sergio Perez isn’t convinced the crash on Sunday in the Canadian Grand Prix was his fault. The crash was a violent one but luckily no one was hurt when Williams F1’s Felipe Massa collided with the Force India driver. Perez told Sky Sports F1:
“It was very disappointing to lose such a strong result through no fault of our own,” Perez said. “I was following the same line and braking patterns as in the previous laps and I just got hit from behind by Massa. There was plenty of space on the left of my car to attempt a clean overtake and I cannot understand why he had to scrape by.
“I watched several replays of the incident and I can’t help but notice how Felipe turns right just before he hits me. I can only think he must have changed his mind and wanted to rejoin the racing line, his misjudgement cost us a big amount of points.”
The row amped up when Williams F1 Williams’s head of vehicle performance, Rob Smedley, shared his thoughts on Force India’s culpability suggesting that the car shouldn’t have been on track telling AUTOSPORT:
“I think it was lap 67, [he was] talking about having no rear brakes. So they told him to carry on if he could, and if you can’t then to pit, which seems to me to be a fairly f***ing terminal problem to be honest.
“Why you leave a car out when you’ve got that sort of problem is beyond me.”
Smedley cited other teams, including his own, who experienced brake failure and took appropriate action:
“You saw two teams, one of which was ours, knowing when to call it quits – with Valtteri [Bottas] we had to tell him to back off and save his brakes and engine, but more critically brakes because it can be dangerous, and we lost points. That’s life.
“Lewis Hamilton, because of his problems – brakes again – has to stop the car. That’s a guy fighting for the world championship and he stops.”
Perez says that just nonsense and that the car was fine:
“Also, I’m not happy about comments saying we should have retired the car,” Perez added. “It was perfectly driveable with just some adjustments and we showed it up until the moment in which we were taken out. Other cars out there had been in similar conditions for way longer than us and they finished the race without problems.
“If someone thinks you can keep two Red Bulls behind for as long as we did with so-called ‘terminal’ problems, they are clearly misguided.”
Things get heated when you fail to miss what could have been your best race finish of the year and that goes for both Williams F1 and Force India. Unfortunately both teams threw away a lot of points on Sunday and from all of the video, it certainly is difficult to asses blame but Smedley has re-framed the conversation about guilt into the turn one by suggesting the car should not have been on track in the first place.