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Sergio Perez

Perez makes 'consistency' demand otherwise 'biggest fear' will be realised

Sergio Perez has called for the stewards to penalise drivers consistently, following Fernando Alonso and George Russell's incident in Australia.

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Sergio Perez has revealed his "biggest fear" is the stewards not penalising future incidents like the one seen in the Australian Grand Prix between Fernando Alonso and George Russell, and has called for "consistency".

Alonso was slapped with three penalty points and a post-race 20-second time penalty at Melbourne's Albert Park following an investigation into whether he drove dangerously ahead of Russell.

On the penultimate lap in Australia, Russell suddenly closed in on the two-time world champion at Turn 6, resulting in a sudden loss of downforce which sent him into the gravel.

Russell had a heavy impact with the barrier which spat him back out onto the middle of the circuit where his W15 came to rest on its side.

When asked if Alonso's driving was over the limit, Perez agreed the veteran's "tricks" were too much on this occasion, but it is the stewarding going forward which concerns him.

"It was definitely a bit too much over the limit," Perez told select media, including RacingNews365. "A bit unnecessary to do so.

"But my biggest fear is that we might see this incident again this weekend, or next weekend, and probably nothing will happen. That's my biggest fear because we've been struggling a lot to keep the consistency with the penalties.

"For example, in Jeddah they blocked [Valtteri] Bottas in Q1 at 300kph, two cars, [Ollie] Bearman and [Alex] Albon. No penalty. I block [Nico] Hulkenberg, he lost a couple of tenths, he goes faster on the lap after and I get three places.

"So I think the biggest talking point should be consistency. If incidents like this are going to be penalised, they have to be penalised every single weekend because as a driver, it hurts a lot when you work your ass off and then you see this inconsistency."

Alonso a 'very aggressive driver'

Despite Alonso's 'potentially dangerous driving', as deemed by the stewards, Perez revealed the Aston Martin driver is a competitor he has an incredible amount of "trust" in when fighting.

The Red Bull driver, though, recognises the 42-year-old, renowned for his astute defensive tactics, arguably went beyond the limit in Australia.

"I think we all know what's acceptable, what's within the limits," added Perez. "I mean, knowing the driver, especially like Fernando, he always does these sorts of tricks, let's put it that way, always within the limits.

"I think Fernando is a very aggressive driver, but always within the limits. I've had great fights with him.

"He's one of the drivers I trust the most, but I have to say that he was a bit too much to the limit, or probably over the limit. But like I say, we might see this incident again in two weeks, three weeks and nothing will happen."

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