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GPDA Chairman: Perez team orders ‘not cool’

GPDA Chairman throws support behind Perez

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Red Bull’s Sergio Perez overtakes the Mercedes of George Russell at the Spanish Grand Prix (Image Credit: Red Bull Content Pool)

GPDA Chairman Alex Wurz believes Sergio Perez is “right to talk” following Red Bull’s team orders call in Barcelona. Perez enjoyed a strong performance in the race.  Battling with George Russell for P2 after teammate Max Verstappen ran wide at turn 4, Verstappen dropped behind his teammate. Perez was later asked to cede position to his teammate, which he dutifully did. 

With Verstappen’s DRS flap unable to open, Perez caught up to the Dutchman’s continued duel with Russell after pitting.   Requesting a swap so his strategy was not compromised, Red Bull denied this.  Verstappen’s three-stop strategy proved better than Perez’s two, The Mexican proved to be easy prey on his teammate on fresh tyres later in the race, and Perez dropped to P3 at the chequered flag. Perez said after the race he would speak to the team internally over what happened. 

According to Racing News 365, Wurz has said Perez can sometimes be too obliging for his team. Speaking on the F1 Nation Podcast, Wurz hinted the Mexican needs more “edge” when he races. 

“He’s full right to talk. I mean, he is a mega team player. To an extent, at some points, I thought he’s actually too easily accepting some of their orders. Because you need to be a bit edgy, you need to put your elbows out. He proved for the team he was fighting for the World Championship in Abu Dhabi for Max – [he was] mega.”

Drawing on his own experiences as a former F1 driver, Wurz said the situation was “not cool”, but praised Perez for racing well, as well as asking for his needs in the race: 

“Today, I felt it was right [for him] to raise his voice.”He executed as the team asked him. He came out with new tyres, and he had to hold back when, actually, the race was critical for him and to use the new tyres, the new rubber, for fast lap times. 

“At this point, he had to stay back, so this is when you get cranky as a driver. I’ve been in this situation and it’s not cool, but give him credit. He executed [it] but, rightly, he asks for his rights as well. 

“It’s good to see at the end of the day. Nevertheless, he had to accept the second position behind Max.”


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