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Sergio Perez

FIA not ruling out Perez Monaco investigation if requested

Should an official complaint be made, FIA President Mohammed ben Sulayem says they would be open to investigating Sergio Perez's Monaco crash.

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FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem says Formula 1's governing body would be open to investigating Sergio Perez's Monaco Grand Prix qualifying crash – but a complaint needs to be lodged first.

Perez's crash during Q3 in the Principality has come under renewed focus this week after claims this was the reason teammate Max Verstappen refused team orders to allow Perez past in Brazil.

Verstappen is believed to have felt Perez did this deliberately as he could not improve on his own lap, with the Dutchman on a much faster time.

Perez's out-qualifying Verstappen was key to his win in the race, but he flatly denied the claim when asked by RacingNews365.com if he had crashed on purpose.

And FIA boss ben Sulayem says the FIA would investigate, but that they will not intervene unless an official complaint is forthcoming.

Ben Sulayem on Perez

"I didn't have anyone who said we want to investigate it from our side," Ben Sulayem explained to media, including RacingNews365.com, at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"But if there is something to be investigated, we are more than happy [to do so].

"One thing I would truly say [is that]: I'm not shy or afraid of conducting [an investigation] or going into it if there is an issue. I will not hide.

"I will be even raising my hand and saying there is an issue with the FIA, otherwise if I cannot do this, you will never improve and never evolve.

"That I can guarantee."

There have been no calls from any of the drivers or teams involved for an investigation into Perez's accident at Portier.

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