Perez denies McLaren used team orders at end of race

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Sergio Perez said he was not ordered to hold position behind Jenson Button in the closing stages of the Spanish Grand Prix.

“[I] just want to tell everyone, yesterday the radio message I had was all about to save the tire,” he wrote on Twitter on Monday. “Never a team order,” he added.

Heading into the latter stages of Sunday’s race Perez was told by his race engineer there was “definitely two places available to us if we can get to the end” and that those case belonged to Nico Rosberg and Perez’s team mate Button.

Several laps later he was reminded to preserve his tires, which were a concern for several drivers in the race.

Perez also Tweeted a picture showing his left-front tire was significantly damaged at the end of the race.

He and Button crossed swords in the previous race where Button claimed Perez was too aggressive in their battle for position on the track.

McLaren team management sat down with the two drivers to clear the air ahead of the Spanish race.

The fifth round of the season was a disappointing one for the team as their major upgrade package failed to bring them within range of the front running cars.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup

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MORE: Stage 8 wrapup

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