Perez crashed at Portier within the dying seconds of a usually fraught Monaco qualifying, and was hit by the next automobile of Carlos Sainz.
The incident introduced out a pink flag and ended Max Verstappen’s probabilities of getting pole.
After Verstappen refused to assist Perez by handing him sixth place and additional factors on the final lap in Brazil a number of sources instructed that Monaco was the foundation reason for his ongoing frustration, though the Dutchman, Perez and the Purple Bull staff have refused to substantiate that.
The story has gathered momentum in latest days, and on Friday Ben Sulayem indicated that he would launch an FIA investigation if any rival staff complained.
Nevertheless even Ferrari, whose automobile was broken within the incident thus impacting the staff’s price cap spend, has declined to pursue the matter with the FIA.
“What occurred was in Monaco was for us very troublesome to guage from outdoors,” mentioned staff boss Mattia Binotto when requested by Autosport. “I do not suppose we will choose, and it isn’t all the way down to us as properly to do it. It is all the way down to the FIA.
“I am fairly certain they regarded on the time, and we have to transfer ahead and suppose that issues are transferring ahead.”
“I feel on the Perez incident, it was fairly a while in the past,” mentioned McLaren’s Zak Brown. “So I feel we have to as a sport, if we see one thing that must be investigated, transfer extra swiftly.
“I feel Monaco was a very long time in the past. And so to be speaking about Monaco in Abu Dhabi, I feel that prepare has left the station.”
Toto Wolff, Group Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG
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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff questioned why Perez would take the danger of crashing intentionally, and indicated that an investigation wouldn’t be good for the game.
“I’ve I identified Sergio for a very long time,” mentioned the Austrian. “Would a driver actually put his automobile within the wall and threat his gearbox in the best way it was executed?
“You might be going all the best way to the again of the grid with such an incident. So for me if you wish to park your automobile, you do it differently.
“We had sufficient of a PR disaster within the final couple of weeks round that staff, and I feel we do not want one other one.”
Whereas indirectly addressing whether or not the accident might have been deliberate or not Purple Bull boss Christian Horner admitted that the staff was not completely satisfied that its automobile was broken.
“Any crash, notably in a value cap atmosphere is disastrous,” mentioned Horner. “It is costly, it is pricey, and notably at a road circuit. So from a staff’s perspective, it is approach, approach from a great. So there was lots of frustration following that.
“It may have clearly broken the gearbox as properly, an incident like that, and naturally, it then incurred lots of injury, after all, with Carlos Sainz.
“Fortunately, this yr, that is most likely been the largest accident that we have had from a value foundation, which has a one-on-one impact in your efficiency to develop, as a result of it’s a must to decide whether or not you are going to make spare elements or improvement elements.
“Fortunately, the drivers have executed an awesome job thereafter of managing to not hit issues. And so we even have most likely the least quantity of crash injury within the yr in comparison with every other staff.”