Perez says FIA's Whiting pinned Monaco clash blame on Raikkonen
|By Dieter Rencken and Jonathan Noble||Saturday, June 8th 2013, 14:23 GMT|
Sergio Perez has revealed that he has the full backing of FIA race director Charlie Whiting over his controversial collision with Kimi Raikkonen at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Raikkonen was furious with Perez after they came together while fighting for position in Monaco. The Finn famously told his team that he felt like punching his Mexican rival.
But although Raikkonen remains adamant that he was an innocent victim, Perez says that he has spoken to Whiting about the matter and been told that he was not in the wrong.
"I talked with Charlie straight after race, so for me it was clear - Kimi knew I was there, he did two moves under braking and he [Whiting] agreed that it was Kimi's fault," said Perez. "The stewards also thought it was a racing incident."
Perez admitted that he had been aggressive with his rivals during the Monaco race, but is adamant that there is no reason for him to change his ways because his job is to beat the opposition.
"Of course at the end of the day you know which drivers you can do risky moves with, and to overtake in Monaco is quite risky," he explained.
"Once you are committed to a move, there is no way to go back, especially in Monaco. One you do the move, you have to trust the guy in front to give you room. I had it with Jenson [Button] for example or Fernando [Alonso] with me, and it is something Kimi didn't do.
"Right now I today feel Kimi didn't give me any room and, if you speak to Charlie Whiting, he has the same view on that.
"But I have moved on from it. At the end of the day you have to look and see other drivers in that position are losing more than I did, so my approach will be the same."
He added: "I still believe that I have done nothing wrong - apart from trying to overtake the people in front of me.
"I think I would be worried if I felt I did something wrong, or something stupid. I think I have done nothing wrong so there is no reason for me to change. I have my full team behind me and I feel no reason to change."