Perez Responds After Mazepin’s Criticism of Hamilton & Him for Breaking Gentlemen’s Agreement in Baku

Published 06/17/2021, 3:55 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez celebrates with sparkling wine on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Nikita Mazepin had quite a rocky start to his F1 campaign, garnering a lot of hatred from several other drivers for breaking the gentlemen’s agreement during the qualifying session in Bahrain. But, of course, the Russian never dragged him into such turmoil since then.

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Hence, has the heat surrounding the ignorance of gentlemen’s agreement subsided? Not necessarily. The Russian recently put forth a claim that top drivers, including Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez, were breaking the code at Baku during qualifying.

Well, the Mexican has finally responded to Mazepin’s open criticisms. Perez acknowledged the Haas driver’s comments, as he affirmed several drivers overtaking while the rest of the grid was warming up for a flying lap in qualifying.

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Sergio Perez’s response to Mazepin

As reported by Motorsport, Perez opened up about why the drivers broke the gentlemen’s agreement in Azerbaijan earlier this month.

It was basically that we all went at the same time, and people created gaps, but then other people overtaking, not respecting the gentleman’s agreement,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin walks the circuit with his team ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

It just made things a bit harder. We didn’t put the lap when it really counted. It’s as simple as that. Some drivers can respect that. Not all.

Perez was certainly one of the drivers who failed to deliver at the Azerbaijan GP qualifying. However, the Mexican managed to deliver the much-needed performance later on Sunday, as he carried his Red Bull all the way to the top of the podium.

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Perez felt it is reasonable to demand a discussion with fellow racing drivers in a bid to resolve the persisting instability around gentlemen’s agreement.

Maybe it’s something we should discuss as drivers and be more sensible about it, especially when it comes to qualifying, that we should be more respectful and be more conscious that this can create difficulty for other people,” he opined.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 1, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez arrives before practice REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

It definitely is worth a discussion to see how everyone feels about it.

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The approaching French Grand Prix is another weekend that could cause a lot of chaos on the track. Having recently been relaid, Circuit Paul Ricard could offer a certain amount of unpredictability to the race, as opposed to how straightforward it has played out in the past.

Hence, will Le Castellet be able to deliver the best race since its return to the F1 racing calendar in 2018? Well, we’ll know in time.

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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