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F1 NEWS 

Pastor Maldonado plays down British Grand Prix collision with Sergio Perez

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Silverstone 2012Pastor Maldonado downplayed his collision with Sergio Perez in the British Grand Prix, despite the Mexican calling on the FIA to take action against the Venezuelan.

The duo made contact when fighting for position early in the race, with Maldonado losing control of his Williams when driving down the inside of Perez's Sauber at Brooklands.

Perez was forced to retire and he slammed Maldonado afterwards, saying the FIA needed to act on someone he thinks is a dangerous driver.

"I really hope the stewards can make something because the last three or four races he has done something to [other drivers]," Perez said.

"It is not the first time he has damaged my weekend. He did the same with Lewis [Hamilton] in Valencia, and they gave him a drivethrough, which I think is not enough. This guy will never learn if they don't do something, because he is a very dangerous driver and he can hurt someone."

But after finishing 16th, Maldonado said that he was not expecting any action against him, as he felt the clash was simply a race incident.

"I don't think much will happen. It was a racing incident," said Maldonado on Spanish TV. "I was coming out of the pits, with cold tyres, I was trying to defend my position. Perez tried to close the door and we were very close to each other.

"At that point I lost the rear of the car a bit and unfortunately we made contact and we compromised both of our races."

The Venezuelan, the winner of the Spanish GP, said he is hoping to return to having positive races after a run of poor results and incidents.

"This part of the championship is one to forget. There are still races left and I hope we can recover well in the second part of the championship."

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