Charlie Whiting: “It’s hard to believe a driver would intend to hit a car” After Perez and Sirotkin in Singapore
In Formula 1, there’s no doubt that there will be racing, sometimes really close racing and of course this means – drivers will come together at some point however when do things become deliberate?
For me, this happened in Singapore, when Sergio Perez drove into Sergey Sirotkin during their battle in the Singapore Grand Prix and from all angles – it looks like it was a deliberate move however Charlie Whiting has other thoughts.
For those of you who may not know, Charlie Whiting is the Formula 1 race director – you will have seen him around the paddock. He (along with a team) overlook things which happen throughout the race and weekend.
If you didn’t watch all of the Singapore Grand Prix (are you a true fan of F1?) – Sergio Perez and Sergey Sirotkin were battling with each other during the race however Sergio Perez wasn’t able to overtake.
This resulted in a lot of frustration from the driver and even during the battle – it was commentated on, as we all knew that things wouldn’t end in a positive way. We were all proven right when Sergio Perez drove into Sirotkin.
This comes AFTER Sergio Perez taking out his team-mate at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix but we’ll just call that a ‘racing incident’ for now…..
When questioned, this is what Charlie Whiting had to say.
Charlie Whiting: “He had been trying to get past Sirotkin and he looked a little frustrated, I just think he misjudged how far he was in front of him. You saw how closely they were racing all the way through 14-15-16-17 (turns) and I think he just misjudged it.”
“He (Perez) complained about this happening in Turn 7 and then in Turn 14 – we didn’t see anything that gave us any trouble. Then, he complained again and we looked again and frankly – he wasn’t close enough.”
“Sergey was maybe being circumspect going into Turn 14 but as they were approaching the corner, just moved slightly left – it wasn’t as if Sergio was really close, he was a good distance back.”
“I just said to them he’s going to have to get closer if we’re going to start looking exactly what he’s doing under braking because it really wasn’t an issue for us.”
You can see the video below of the incident below.