Martin Brundle has said Sergio Perez’s radio message asking about tyre wear was a personal “low point” of the Spanish Grand Prix.
The sixth race of the 2020 season will not go down as one of the all-time classics as tyre management on a baking hot Circuit de Catalunya track where it is notoriously difficult to overtake took centre stage.
Lewis Hamilton sped off into the distance and Max Verstappen had to settle for splitting the two Mercedes cars in P2; Valtteri Bottas, following a poor start, recovered to clinch the 50th podium of his career.
The Racing Point duo of Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez finished P4 and P5 respectively in Spain – Perez’s five-second penalty for ignoring blue flags ensured he finished behind Stroll – and it’s a message from the returning Mexican that has not gone down well with the ex-F1 driver turned Sky F1 analyst and commentator.
“A low point of the race for me was when we heard Perez over the radio asking his team how his tyres were,” Brundle said in his post-race column.
“That feels very much the wrong way around to me and another endorsement for limiting car-to-pit telemetry only to items which are safety critical for driver (and therefore those trackside too) and the rotating hot oily bits.
“As the regulations say, ‘the driver must drive alone and unaided.
“In fact, on that subject, it was interesting to hear both Hamilton and Verstappen influencing their own race strategies. Hamilton declared a set of the usually happy-hour soft tyres as unsuitable for his Sunday afternoon drive, instead demanding the mediums.
“He was right, they were relatively rubbish when fitted to his team-mate’s car.”
Brundle also thinks the brutal racing conditions took their toll on the drivers as they headed out of their cars.
He added: “There was little or no banter or interaction, just a slow march to the weighing scales followed by the interview pen to explain their stories of being a support act to Lewis Hamilton.
“For a couple of drivers, if their chins had been any lower they would have tripped over them. Our sixth race in seven weeks wasn’t the most exciting for those of us at the circuit, or indeed for fans on the sofa.
“It was one of those typical Barcelona races.”