McNish slams 'out of order' Bernoldi
|Sunday, March 17th 2002, 16:40 GMT|
Toyota's Allan McNish has criticised Arrows driver Enrique Bernoldi for his over-aggressive defence of his race position in the Malaysian Grand Prix.
McNish, who had qualified 19th, had the Toyota into the top 10 when he passed Bernoldi on lap six, but said it had been a close call.
"I got a good run on him out of the previous corner and he started to move over near the end of the pit lane," said the Scot. "That was okay, but then he chopped over again at the 100m board, just as I went into the braking area.
"He was completely out of order. I was totally committed at that point and, if I'd been in the same situation as Ralf was in Australia, still been behind him, I'd have gone over the top for sure. No question about it. But I was fortunate that I'd seen him come across and I was already enough out of the way. But it wasn't an acceptable manoeuvre at all."
McNish added: "I'll speak to him in Brazil because it wasn't on, I was committed. I was either going to pass him or hit him up the backside. I passed him but it was close - not attractive at all. People shouldn't move on the track with the aggression that he did."