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.
MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
- 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
- 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish
For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.
Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.
The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.
Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.
View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.