Sergio Perez: Ocon Must Be “Intelligent”


Credit: Sahara Force India F1 Team

Sergio Perez says that Sahara Force India F1 Team team-mate Esteban Ocon must be intelligent enough to know what he did wrong in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The pair made contact during the race in Baku after the safety car restart with Perez suffering more damage in the incident, losing both driver’s chances of a possible podium finish.

The Mexican felt the clash was avoidable and assisted that Ocon needs to change his approach and be intelligent to understand what he did.

This is the 2nd time the Force India drivers have locked horns this season. The pair engaged in a possible podium at the Canadian Grand Prix, where Perez refused to allow Ocon pass in order to chase down Red Bull Racing‘s Daniel Ricciardo, who was sitting in 3rd. Ocon left Montreal unhappy about his team mate not allowing him the chance to chase down the Australian.

Perez told Autosport: “If they tell you you are free to race but you just push your team-mate in the wall, then that is not the right way forward.”

“I expect him to be intelligent enough to understand what he did wrong and change his attitude a bit for the benefit of the team.”

Perez furthered his comments saying: “Simply, Esteban has to understand what racing means. Racing means just racing another car, not crashing into the other car. In four years with Nico Hulkenberg we never had an issue and were free to race.”

Sergio says the incident was frustrating because he conceded the position to Ocon when they made contact.

“The move was already done, I don’t think we can blame the kerb because we were already in a straight line and we touched in a straight line. There was no need for the contact. I don’t think you have to be a genius to understand what happened.”

Perez has not spoken to Ocon about the incident, but made it clear how unhappy they are to miss out on two podium opportunities in two races.