For a lot of people, the main talking point from the 2013 Monaco F1 Grand Prix was Sergio Perez. Depending on your view point, the young Mexican driver either showed aggression, skill and determination, or was carless and reckless.
For a personal point of view, I feel he was the highlight of an otherwise predictable race. Against a backdrop of a huge row erupting over Mercedes tyre testing, and the majority of the cars travelling around Monaco street circuit at 80% to 85% of their capabilities, Perez was one man who was actually still racing.
Most people will agree, his moves on Button and Alonso was brilliant, but his move on Raikkonen was a step too far. However Perez was sending a very clear message to the more established drivers that he was here and was not going to respect the reputations of former world champions who seem happy to plod around circuit after circuit protecting the status quo.
Raikkonen said Perez should be punched in the face for his driving, and the Mexican can’t be trusted, and this must be music to Perez ears. Sometimes a young driver needs to crash with an established driver to put down a marker for future races. Knowing what he knows now, will Raikkonen still close the gap and risk taking both cars out knowing how Perez drives and knowing Perez won’t back down!
If you are a Kimmy fan, a Jenson fan, or a fan of the established old guard, you will probably be outraged by what I am saying. But you must admit, seeing one guy actually racing around Monaco and trying to overtake was refreshing.
Sergio Perez will have made a lot of new friends and new enemies with his performance around Monaco, but at least we all now know he is there, and McLaren are still alive and kicking. It will have shocked Jenson Button, who was probably thinking he was head driver and leading the team, but he now knows he is in a real fight to stay number one.
All F1 news and talk for the next few weeks will be about the Mercedes tyre test and tyres in general, but at least Perez gave us some racing to talk about.