Kevin Magnussen said Sergio Perez made a “desperate” attempt to overtake when the pair collided in the Japanese Grand Prix.
The stewards gave Perez a five-second penalty for the incident. Magnussen said the collision ruined his race.
“I just got hit on my rear tyre,” said Magnussen, who finished last of the final runners. “It was a pretty desperate move, but it is what it is. I got spun around and then we had to pit.”
The Haas driver had started on the medium tyre compound and was forced to shorten his first stint because of the collision. “That was too early for the two-stop strategy and the tyre degradation that we had on our car,” he said.
“So it made that situation a lot worse by having to pit at that point. It ended our race there – and his as well, of course.”
Perez pitted for a new front wing before retiring on lap 15 due to damage from the incident. He accepted responsibility for the collision.
“I was struggling quite a lot on the braking with the front end,” said Perez. “I tried to dive in, but then I just couldn’t stop in time and it was my mistake.”
Perez, who started fifth, ended up behind Magnussen after tangling with Lewis Hamilton at the start, which caused him to pit for a new front wing.
“I had a horrible start,” Perez added. “Basically going into turn one I was just a passenger. I had Sainz on my right, Lewis on the left, and they just took the whole front wing end plate.
“It’s really hard to judge, but as soon as I went into turn two I had no front end. We changed the front wing and still I had no front end. So I think there was a lot more things damaged on the car.”
Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and
2023 Japanese Grand Prix
- Norris: Red Bull’s dominance down to ‘small things which make a big difference’
- Mercedes must halve deficit to Red Bull before 2024 season starts – Hamilton
- Mercedes expect “tight” fight for second in championship after Ferrari gains
- Norris breaks Hulkenberg’s record for most points without a win in F1
- Transcript: What Alonso really meant by being “thrown to the lions” at Suzuka