Sergio Perez stood by his criticism of Pastor Maldonado, two weeks since their collision at the British Grand Prix, although he has now left the episode behind him.
The Mexican called the Venezuelan “stupid” and a “dangerous driver” after the incident which cost the pair potential points at the race in Silverstone but he pointed out that he had moved on since then.
“I was indeed very hot tempered that moment - and I definitely have calmed down. But that doesn’t make me step aside from what I expressed then - I just would do it more calmly,” he laughed.
“Imagine: I was very disappointed for my team, for all the people who back me. I still think that it was a very bad move,” he was quoted saying on the official Formula 1 website.
“Probably his thoughts were somewhere else that very moment and I hope he will avoid that in the future,” the Sauber driver said. “I hope that he will be a normal driver this weekend, because you have to move forward. Having a grudge against someone never can be that answer to a situation.”
Perez confessed that he had not spoken to Maldonado since then but would do so at the drivers’ briefing during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.