Perez wants to discuss “gentleman’s agreement” in qualifying with other drivers

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 06: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda leads a line of cars on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 06, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Sergio Perez believes that the Formula 1 drivers should have a talk over “gentleman’s agreement” in qualifying sessions.

There is a rule in Formula 1, which every driver keeps in mind and tries to always follow – not to overtake a fellow competitor during a warm-up lap in qualifying in order not to affect the performance of each other. However, this year we have seen numerous violations of this rule, especially at the latest race weekend in Azerbaijan. Red Bull Racing’s driver Perez is not happy with that at all.

“It was basically that we all went at the same time, and people created gaps, but then other people overtaking, not respecting the gentleman’s agreement,” he said. “It just made things a bit harder. We didn’t put the lap when it really counted. It’s as simple as that.”

“Some drivers can respect that [agreement]. Not all.”

The Mexican also supposes that the drivers should have a conversation regarding the latest issues related to “gentleman’s agreement.”

“The chaos really starts when people are overtaking towards the end of the lap, and we know that we should just hold position and try to create gap. It’s like a traffic jam. All of a sudden, it just gets worse and worse. It’s been like that for a couple of years,” he commented.

“Maybe it’s something we should discuss as drivers and be more sensible about it, especially when it comes to qualifying, that we should be more respectful and be more conscious that this can create difficulty for other people,” he added.

“It definitely is worth a discussion to see how everyone feels about it.”

“There are some drivers that do really respect it, and you can really trust. But there are some that you cannot. So I think probably, it’s good to bring it back up and discuss it altogether, and see if it’s something that we all feel should happen.”

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