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Sergio Perez

Perez: Norris must 'bear some responsibility' over Abu Dhabi clash

The Mexican was not happy with the stewards decision after he received a five-second time penalty for a collision with Lando Norris.

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Sergio Perez felt that the stewards wrongly penalised him after his contact with Lando Norris during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, who he felt must share the blame.

The Red Bull driver was battling with Norris for fourth from ninth on the grid, after a late surge into the top five in the closing stages of the race.

He attempted to pass the McLaren driver on the inside at Turn 6 after using DRS, but the pair made contact which forced Norris to take to the escape road.

After an investigation from the stewards for causing a collision, it was deemed that Perez was wholly to blame and the Mexican received a five-second time penalty.

He has since been summoned to see the stewards for comments made over the team radio.

"In my opinion, it was a 50/50. But he didn't end up losing anything, if anything he gained [time]," Perez told media, including RacingNews365.

"We ended up making contact, which was unfortunate. But to make contact you require both parties and Lando also had some responsibility in that, because he turned into me as if there was no one there.

"I was fully alongside him, he cut the corner, he gained the time, and I still have a penalty. I honestly don't agree with the decision."

Perez: I was surprised by Leclerc

Despite finishing second on the road, Perez dropped back to fourth with his penalty after Charles Leclerc briefly let him past on the final lap to create a gap.

This was done by the Ferrari driver in an attempt to steal more points from Mercedes, in its battle for second in the Constructors' Championship which ultimately went the way of the Silver Arrows.

"I was surprised. I thought Charles was going to fall back behind George in the final sector," explained Perez.

"I finished 1.1 seconds from George, so he was going to help him back as it was quite easy to do in the final sector. But maybe he didn't have the full information."

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