“Dangerous Driving My Ar**” – Former Top Gear Host Chides Lewis Hamilton for Perez Complaints in Abu Dhabi

Published 12/13/2021, 11:09 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race with third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Guasco


Max Verstappen won the 2021 world drivers’ championship in the most dramatic fashion; he passed Lewis Hamilton on the last lap of the race to win his first championship. But before that, his teammate Sergio Perez had played an important role in helping him in his quest.

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After the first round of pit stops, Verstappen was around 8 seconds behind the Mercedes driver. But Perez defended brilliantly against Hamilton, which helped Max catch Lewis and cut down the gap to 1 second.

Lewis was not happy that Perez was battling with him and he called his driving dangerous. This left many fans, including former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, fuming.

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The British celebrity took to social media to express his opinion on the battle.“Go Perez. Dangerous driving my a***,” said Clarkson.

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It was crucial at that time of the race: Sergio Perez

As reported by Motorsport.com, the Mexican driver mentioned he was aware of the situation of the race and the championship. He stated he was happy that he helped Max win the title.

“It was crucial at that time of the race because I knew that basically, Lewis had the race under control, he had the virtual and safety car windows pretty much open and he could have done whatever he wanted at the time,” Perez said.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during qualifying REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

“He had the race under control, so it was pretty critical. But at the same time, I was on extremely old tires. It worked well. At the end of the day, I’m happy that I’ve helped Max and the team.

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It’s a hard one because, at the same time, you don’t want to interfere too much in the drivers’ championship. But I think above anything, it will always be my team.” concluded the Mexican.

The defense from Checo also earned him praise from his teammate. He instantly thanked the Mexican and called Sergio Perez ‘legend’ for holding off Hamilton.

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Perez played the ultimate team game despite not being the fastest driver on the track. He eventually retired from the race because of an engine issue, but his battle with Hamilton will not be forgotten soon.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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