• ‘I didn’t apologise because I didn’t think it was necessary’
• Relations between drivers ‘still OK’ despite the incidents
Sergio Pérez has made it clear that at no stage has he apologised to his McLaren team-mate, Jenson Button, after their battle in Bahrain eight days ago.
Button was left fuming with Pérez’s on-track antics as he was initially clipped from behind by the Mexican before the duo banged wheels at one point.
In the heat of the moment post-race Button described Pérez as “dirty” and “dangerous”, with the 23-year-old responding by claiming the Briton was “as aggressive”.
That resulted in clear-the-air talks with the team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, with suggestions in some quarters Pérez said sorry to Button.
But Pérez said: “I think the criticism [from Button] took place right after the end of the race. We had the chance to talk, which was very good for me, the team and for Jenson.
“It was said in various publications I apologised to Jenson, but it wasn’t like that. I didn’t apologise to him because I didn’t think it was necessary.
“We owed an apology to the team, and that’s what we talked about. We apologised to the team because we risked a lot and were both very aggressive.But no, at no moment did I apologise.”
Pérez maintains, however, that despite the incidents with Button in Bahrain, his relationship with the 33-year-old “is still OK”.