Sergio Perez has apologised for his 'women are better off in the kitchen' comment which he made after Susie Wolff's Friday outing.
Friday's action at Silverstone saw Williams development driver Wolff make her debut appearance at a grand prix weekend.
Asked about it by Spanish television station Antenna3, Perez said that Wolff was "great driver" which was followed up by a question of whether he would want a woman as a team-mate.
He said: "No... they would be better off in the kitchen."
Wolff did not take offense, instead laughing off the comments while defending the Force India driver.
She wrote on Twitter: "Saw some comments made by @SChecoPerez as I was making dinner in the kitchen last night...?? Please give him a break...
"His comments were taken completely out of context. Anyway, as my family will tell you, I drive better than I cook!??"
Now the Mexican has himself apologised.
"I feel really ashamed by the way my words have been distorted about the opportunity of racing side by side with a woman," he said.
"I want to be absolutely clear that my intention was not to offend anybody, and my comment does not reflect a "macho" posture on my behalf. I recognise that my comment, even though it was intended as a joke, was absolutely out of place and also unacceptable.
"I believe and I am truly convinced in gender equality; there are women in my life that are very important for me and that show me this every day and my admiration for them is incomparable.
"With Susie Wolff I hold a very close friendship and I admire her greatly for her determination; I wish her the best of luck as a person and as a professional driver.
"Once again I want to thank everybody and I offer this next race in Silverstone to all the women in my life that have been there for me and that follow my career closely."
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