Sauber rubbishes conspiracy theories over Perez radio message

Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso on the Sepang podium

Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso on the Sepang podium

Mar.26 (GMM) The conspiracy theorists had a field day after the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang when Sergio Perez’s strong push for victory went awry, after a radio message from his engineer.

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31. Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday 25 March 2012. BEST IMAGE

Fernando Alonso versus Sergio Perez on track

At about the same time as the young Mexican was told on the radio by his Sauber engineer that “we need the position”, his charge to catch Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso ended with a minor mistake.

Ferrari is Sauber’s engine supplier, and the two teams also often align on political matters.

During the race, with Perez attacking Alonso, the Mexican’s engineer came over the radio saying: “Checo be careful, we need this position.”

“No I don’t think Perez’s mistake was intentional,” former driver and British commentator Martin Brundle wrote on Sky.

But Perez is also the cream of Ferrari’s development driver programme, and linked (by rumour at least) with the struggling Felipe Massa’s race seat.

So he was told to fall in line behind Alonso?

Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber celebrates second place. Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday 25 March 2012.

Sergio Perez and Sauber team celebrates second place

“No,” boss Peter Sauber said emphatically. “100% no, 100% nothing.”

Speaking to media after the race Sauber explained, “We told him be careful, we need the result, because behind us, all of our competitors scored points.”

“We needed the result, not [just] the position, so there is some misunderstanding. Behind us our competitors, all the midfield teams, scored points and it was so important that we kept the result not [just the] position.”

The team boss was then asked outright if there was any collusion with Ferrari, “One hundred per cent – nothing. We had no discussion about Checo and we had no discussion about the position.”

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  • Barlow

    It’s a shame, whatever the reason for the radio message. Without the loss of concentration, perhaps Sergio could have passed Fernando, he had enough time before the off. When will he get another chance, that good, to win a F1 race?

  • fools

    there is no conspiracy. Alonso won fair and square. Sergio made an honest mistake. Almost to the fact where he almost “beached” his car.

    As happy as Sergio was for 2nd place we all know Alonso won by his amazing driving talent and push to the checkered flag.

    I liek Perez though and I give him his credit where it is do. And that was for 2nd.

  • paulo

    Get a life people there is no doubt thet Perez was told to be careful i.e. stay behind Alonso and for that he will probably be rewarded with a Ferrari drive next year.

    Tme will tell but I know where my money is placed!

    Have fun – ObserverinMonmouth

  • Nowhereman

    GIve it a rest people.
    The Ferrari is a dog and even the Sauber can run with it.
    Perez will be a good driver if he learns how to speak properly when interviewed.
    He’s young and has no fear yet.
    Alonso can bait him into doing something stupid as it was shown.
    Perez drove Alonso’s line and learned a bit about that circuit.