Perez: Button spun me into the barriers

By on Sunday, May 25, 2014
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Sergio Perez says that Jenson Button spun him into the barriers on the opening lap of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Perez was running ahead of the Brit but ended up in the exit wall at Mirabeau, triggering the deployment of the safety car and ending his race on the first lap.

"I was in a battle with Nico [Hulkenberg], who was ahead, and I went to take the apex normally," he said.

"I was on the racing line and ahead of Jenson when he clipped my rear wheel and spun me around into the barriers.

"I did not expect him to be there as there wasn't really any space for another car there.

"It was very unlucky.

Perez said that the collision was disappointing, but his pre-race pace and Hulkenberg's eventual fifth provides him with confidence heading to the next round in Canada.

"As a racing driver you have good and bad Sundays but this is definitely one I want to forget as soon as possible," he said.

"It is disappointing that we lost a big chance to score a good amount of points, but the car felt much better here than in Spain, as shown by Nico’s result."

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