Perez: “no reason to apologise”
During the race Button told McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh over team radio to “calm him down” after Perez made contact with his car whilst battling with him.
His more experienced team-mate slammed his driving for being too aggressive despite pushing Perez off the circuit himself.
There were reports circulating that suggested that the Mexican apologised after the incident, but Perez has now confirmed that he in fact did not. He told ESPN “I think that the criticism took place right after the end of the race,”
He added “We had the chance to talk, which was very good for me, the team and for Jenson.
“It was said in various publications that I apologised to Jenson, but it wasn’t like that.”
However the reported apology never came out of his mouth. “I didn’t apologise to him because I didn’t think it was necessary. We owed an apology to the team and that’s what we talked about.
“We apologised to the team because we risked a lot and we were both very aggressive, but no, at no moment did I apologise and my relationship with Jenson is still okay.”
He went on to finish sixth in Bahrain, his best result for McLaren so far. Before the race weekend he was certainly a driver with something to prove after he experienced criticism for his performances in Australia, Malaysia and China.
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