Gasly: Perez block was a bit sketchy

Michelle Foster
Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly reckons Sergio Perez deserved a reprimand for blocking him at the Portuguese GP as his defence was a “bit sketchy”.

Gasly challenged Perez late in the Portimao race as the two fought over fifth place with the Mexican driver ahead.

Using DRS, the AlphaTauri driver made his move only for Perez to put in a robust defence.

Gasly had to brake and take avoiding action.

Gasly took the position on the following lap while Perez was handed a reprimand by the stewards.

“It was a bit sketchy,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports.

“I don’t know how it looks from the outside, so I need to see the footage, but the difference of speed at that moment is so big, I was probably 30kph faster than him.

“I decided to commit to the inside, and he really moved at the last moment.

“I jumped on the brakes but I did think, ‘OK, we’re both in the gravel.’ I don’t know how we managed to avoid contact.

“I was quite pissed off with him, so the next lap I really sent it round the outside, which was pretty good.”

Fifth on the day, Gasly moved up to ninth in the Drivers’ standings with 63 points, just one behind Red Bull driver Alex Albon.

He has now scored in eight of 12 races including a race win at the Italian GP.

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Asked if he felt he was in his best form ever, he replied: “I think it is fair to say that.

“Obviously with a bit more experience now I think I manage and approach the weekend in a different way and manage to extract everything a bit more.

“So I think it is fair to say that. There is still many areas to improve, but it is working well, and also the team is doing everything I need to perform so we have a good working relationship.

“It was a great race for us, and as I said we are really strong at the moment. We finished sixth last weekend and fifth this weekend, so honestly we’ve managed to really extract everything from the car on Sundays.

“Also on my side I feel that I am performing at a very good level.”

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