Sergio Perez had a difficult race in Austria after colliding twice with Charles Leclerc. The two crashes made him receive a ten-second penalty, and he felt “very sorry” for what happened.
While the Mexican driver was fighting against Leclerc, the Red Bull driver forced the Monegasque off track twice. That resulted in a double five-second penalty for Sergio.
“With Charles, I’m very sorry because it’s not the way I like to race,” said Perez. “I’m not that type of driver that races that way.
“We were in very dirty air, on very hot tires, very hot brakes and we were just trying to brake as late as possible. I haven’t seen the incidents, but I’m very sorry if I ended up affecting his race because Charles is a driver that races very hard but always on the limit, and I’m the same. So I’m not happy with myself in that and I just move on.”
After the race, Perez went to Charles to explain what happened. Of course, he is well aware that apologizing is not enough, but he wanted to clarify anyway.
“I said what happened from my side,” he explained. “But it’s not enough, it’s not nice when you have this type of issue but he knows from my side that I’m not that type of driver and I’m comfortable with myself.”
A similar crash happened on lap one too. One of the two drivers involved was Perez, who, this time, was forced wide by Lando Norris.
“Basically with Norris, it’s lap one, he got away with it, he didn’t have any damage,” said Perez. “But next time can be very different and it’s only lap one. I felt that I was ahead and he just ran me off the circuit which wasn’t fair enough in racing.”