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Whitmarsh defends Perez

The mexican tried an overtaking maneuver that cost Kimi Raikkonen his race. It had worked two previous times over Alonso and Button.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May 28th, 2013 (F1plus/Tim Collings).- McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh moved to the defence of his wildly-aggressive Mexican driver Sergio Perez, who was involved in a series of dangerous attempts to force his way into passing positions.

Perez was called "stupid" by Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus for causing a crash late in the race that cost the Finn fifth place. He finally came home 10th.

"He hit me from behind and that's about all there is to it," said

Raikkonen, who was just one of a series of drivers to be 'attacked' by the Mexican's continued use of 'GP2 tactics' in a race that also saw perennial crasher Frenchman Romain Grosjean given a penalty for his wayward and reckless racing.

"If he thinks it's my fault that he came into the corner too fast then he obviously has no idea what he's talking about," said Raikkonen.

"It's not the first time he's hit someone in the race. He seems to expect people to be always looking at what he might do, then move over or go straight on if he comes into the corner too quick and isn't going to make it without running into someone.

"It was a really disappointing day... Because of one stupid move from Sergio we've lost a lot of points to Sebastian in the championship and you can't afford to lose ground like that.

"Not the ideal weekend, but there's nothing we can do about it... At least we got one point back at the end."

Whitmarsh said: "I don't think there is too much to complain about there.

"That's what happens in Monaco - I am happy with his spirit and his challenge. I have to be pleased he is there, he is committed and he is racing."

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