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Perez and Raikkonen blame each other for collision 26 May 2013

McLaren's Sergio Perez and Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen come together at the chicane resulting in the Finn picking up a puncture and the Mexican retiring with damage shortly afterwards Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren signs autographs fof the fans.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Friday, 24 May 2013 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 signs autographs for the fans.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Friday, 24 May 2013

McLaren’s Sergio Perez and Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen have blamed each other for the clash that ruined both of their races in Monaco on Sunday.

Perez sustained damage to his MP4-28’s brake ducts and Raikkonen’s E21 picked up a puncture after the duo collided at the Nouvelle chicane on lap 69 whilst disputing fifth position. After a pit stop Raikkonen recovered to finish tenth, but Perez had to park his car after his brakes overheated.

“I’d had a great race - I’d been overtaking cars through the afternoon - but in my opinion Kimi didn’t leave me enough room when I tried to pass him as we exited the tunnel, and as a result I got squeezed into the wall on the entry to the Harbour Chicane,” said the Mexican.

“That was a real shame - I’d overtaken both Jenson [Button] and Fernando [Alonso] there, and Jenson had overtaken me there too, but I couldn’t have avoided the crash with Kimi. Of course, any passing manoeuvre at Monaco is risky, but, at the end of the day, you have to leave each other a little room.”

Raikkonen, for his part, strongly refuted Perez’s viewpoint: “He hit me from behind and that’s about all there is to it," said the Finn. "If he thinks it’s my fault that he came into the corner too fast then he obviously has no idea what he’s talking about.

“It’s not the first time he’s hit someone in the race; he seems to expect people to be always looking at what he might do, then move over or go straight on if he comes into the corner too quick and isn’t going to make it without running into someone.

“Because of one stupid move from Sergio we’ve lost a lot of points to Sebastian [Vettel] in the championship and you can’t afford to lose ground like that.”

Raikkonen remains second in the driver standings, but is now 21 points behind Red Bull’s Vettel.

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