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Perez was too aggressive at Monaco

1369588990While there wasn't a whole lot of overtaking at yesterdays Monaco Grand Prix, there was a fair bit going on.  Probably the most driver dramatic driver of the day was Mclarens Sergio Perez, who was the architect of a number of impressive moves and also of his own justified demise.

Earlier in his Mclaren career Perez came under heavy fire from his team for a lack of aggression in races.  He took that on board for recent races and at the previous race in Spain was seen banging wheels with his teammate, to the point where Button was on the radio back to his team voicing concerns for his own safety.  

Perez did not put that behind him in Monaco.  Instead, he seemed to come to the mediterranean principality even more fired up.  Now, Monaco is a hard place to pass and you need to get pretty assertive to get by.  Sutil managed it with style, but in my book Perez was over the top.  

His first attempt on Button failed, and he only kept his position by cutting the chicane.  I thought he was wrongly going to get away with that, but thankfully he had to give it back a few laps later.  After Jenson had already complained to his team about his own teammate, and he had every right to complain.  

Perez also fired it up in the inside of Alsonso, and Alonso jumped out of the way, going across the chicane, but losing the position to Perez. 

Perez, full of confidence in his ability to "shove it up the inside" after the tunnel, tried to replicate that move on Raikkonen toward the end of the race.  This time Kimi drifted toward apex earlier that he previously had, closing the door on Perez and putting him in the wall.  The move put both Kimi and Perez across the chicane, with Kimi being the victor.   Both suffered car damage as a result. Perez had wing (and probably suspension) damage, while Kimi had a left rear puncture from Perez's front wing.

This move was different than those executed on Button and Alonso.  Perez was carrying visibly more speed into the turn, evidence by the trajectory of both cars after the collision.  It appeared to me that Perez was never going to make that corner had Raikkonen not been there for him to bounce off. 

In commentary, Martin Brundle said the Raikkonen should have left racing room.  I'm all for racing room but I don't believe Perez was entitled to it in this case.  Why not?  Mainly because Perez wasn't at least halfway alongside Kimi as they started braking.  Classic bombdive.  

Another point is why should drivers give racing room in this precise situation.  Perez was aggressive, not assertive. Too aggressive.  It's wrong (unsporting) to bombdive someone and then expect them to jink offline and give you room to complete your bombdive.  It's happened to me a number of times in iRacing and unlike Kimi, I'll yield avoid contact if I see it happening.  

I do sympathise with Kimi too, because just last week at Laguna Seca in the GT Challenge series was in second place and on the last corner of the last lap third place tried to go up the side, in a last ditch attempt I could see coming a mile away. I pointed my car toward the apex and in a carbon-copy replica of Kimi's move yesterday, I squeezed him out of the apex.  He already has his brakes locked, we collided. Fourth took us both and got second, while I continued on for 3rd place.  In the aftermath I was accused of moving underbraking.  Of course this was true.  I moved from the turn in point in a straight line to the apex.  What I didn't to was weave while braking.   In this case the driver told me that all braking should be done a straight line (which it was, straight at the apex) where that straght line is parallel with the edge of the track, so I was moving under braking. LOL. 



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