Perez: Ricciardo’s qualifying move was “disrespectful”
Racing Point driver, Sergio Perez has said that Daniel Ricciardos’ move on him in the first qualifying session was “disrespectful”.
Ricciardo made a move to pass Perez going into the final corner just before they started their last flying lap in Q1. Perez then responded to the move by diving down the inside of Ricciardo going into Turn 1.
The moves compromised the lap of both drivers and they failed to make it in to the next session as a result.
Perez, who qualified 17th, said: “My final run was badly compromised when all the cars were trying to find space in the final corner.”
“That’s where [Daniel] Ricciardo tried to do something crazy, overtaking me in the last corner.”
“He screwed up his lap and my lap too because I ended up too close to Norris and Daniel was close behind me.”
“For me, it was quite disrespectful. He’s an experienced driver and I didn’t expect that from him.”
Ricciardo felt that the pair “screwed” each other going into their final lap and that the situation was a “mess”.
Speaking with Sky Sports F1, Ricciardo commented: “It was a bit of mess basically, opening the lap.”
“We put ourselves in traffic, and at that point I felt like we could have known what would happen better, coming up the last corner, if I needed to create space earlier.”
“So I wasn’t creating space, and then we got to last corner and everyone’s backed up.”
“What do you do? You try and pass them, and keep your tyre temperature there, or do you hang back and start the lap with cold tyres? I tried to go and then Perez and the others weren’t going to have that.”
“I felt like Perez and I just screwed each other – just too late trying to make something happen, and then the lap’s compromised.”
“Tomorrow’s another day, we’ll see what happens. Right now, it is certainly the most upset I’ve been in a while.”
Although Racing Point have struggled this weekend at Hungary, the Mexican felt that without the incident with Ricciardo, he would have been able to make it through to Q2.
“I think we could have got through to Q2 to be honest. It would have needed a good lap, but we didn’t get it.” added Perez.
“We know this track isn’t the best for us anyway, but now we’re really in a tough place for tomorrow.”