The Sunday man, in some ways, was Sergio Perez. Not in the way he hoped, because he finished sixth despite starting from third place. But because he was involved in every decisive episode of the Austrian Grand Prix. First of all on the first lap, when he was put ‘at the door’, in the gravel, by Lando Norris at the exit of the Schlossgold. From victim to executioner within an hour and a half: the Mexican has in fact repeated the maneuver twice on Charles Leclerc, taking ten seconds of penalty and four points on the license. Penalty that prevented the Monegasque from overtaking the Red Bull driver, but also forced the Mexican to hand over the position to Carlos Sainz – finished 9.2 seconds behind on the track. The former Racing Point has apologized to Leclerc for a race conduct that he himself believes does not conform to his style.
Binotto: “Incorrect Perez”
Leclerc: “Perez too aggressive”
“That between me and Lando was a battle beyond the limit, it was only the first lap. He ran away and had no damage, but my race was ruined from that point on, also because the car got damaged going on the gravel. With Charles we were racing with dirty air, a lot of traffic, very old tires: we braked as late as possible, went off the line and touched each other. I’ll have to review all incidents to be honest. It’s not the way I like to run. I am extremely sorry if I influenced Charles’ race because this is not the way I compete. I talked to him and explained what happened on my part, but obviously that’s not enough. I don’t feel comfortable with myself knowing that I have ruined another driver’s race“Said Perez after the Grand Prix.