Sergio Perez seethes over ‘super-dangerous’ driver behaviour at Spa

Thomas Maher
Red Bull's Sergio Perez at the Belgian Grand Prix. Spa-Francorchamps, July 2023.

Red Bull's Sergio Perez at the Belgian Grand Prix. Spa-Francorchamps, July 2023.

Sergio Perez wasn’t happy with the actions of some of his fellow drivers approaching the final chicane at the end of the Sprint Shootout.

Perez, who qualified eighth on the grid for Saturday evening’s Sprint race, caught up on several other drivers at the end of a flying lap towards the end of the Sprint Shootout.

Approaching the Bus Stop chicane, Perez had to slice his way through traffic including Oscar Piastri, Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris, and George Russell – all of whom were at a near-standstill preparing for their flying laps.

Sergio Perez fumes about ‘super-dangerous’ situation

While Perez crossed the line to go provisionally fastest at the time, the Mexican driver quickly got on the radio to show his displeasure with what had unfolded.

“What a f**king joke, guys. F**k! Unbelievable. They all blocked me in the final corner,” he said.

Telling his race engineer to “have the stewards look into that final corner”, Perez later told the media that he felt the incident had been beyond the limits of what is reasonable when it comes to safety.

“It was a mess, a super-dangerous situation that I found myself in.,” he said.

“There was one dry line and people just stopped. The difference in speed was huge, really bad.” recommends

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Having ended up almost a full second off the pace set by fastest man, Max Verstappen in the other Red Bull, Perez explained that his fastest run had been ruined by the fact he started the lap right behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

“I opened my final lap right on the tail of Charles, so there was nothing I could do,” he said.

“I was in his dirty air sitting there. It was not good. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a good run programme in that session.”

But, with Red Bull showing strong pace at Spa-Francorchamps, Perez is aiming to climb up from his eighth-place grid slot during the Sprint.

“Yeah, we will try. We will try,” he said.

“It would be another opportunity but, certainly, we didn’t maximise our chances today.”

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