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Raikkonen slams 'stupid' Perez for collision

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Kimi Raikkonen: "If he thinks it's my fault that he came into the corner too fast then he obviously has no idea what he's talking about" © Getty Images
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Kimi Raikkonen has branded Sergio Perez as "stupid" and slammed him for blaming Raikkonen for the collision between the two drivers in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Perez tried to overtake Raikkonen up the inside in to the Nouvelle Chicane, but Raikkonen shut the door early and squeezed Perez against the barriers. The incident gave Raikkonen a puncture and he had to fight back to tenth place late on, while Perez retired and then blamed Raikkonen for the contact saying "I think Kimi did not give me any room at all".

Raikkonen, however, says Perez's move was "stupid" and slated him for suggesting the collision was his fault.

"It was a really disappointing day," Raikkonen said. Because of one stupid move from Sergio [Perez] we've lost a lot of points to Sebastian [Vettel] in the Championship and you can't afford to lose ground like that. He hit me from behind and that's about all there is to it. If he thinks it's my fault that he came into the corner too fast then he obviously has no idea what he's talking about.

Raikkonen also added that Perez needs to learn from his errors as drivers are not obliged to always move out of his way.

"It's not the first time he's hit someone in the race; he seems to expect people to be always looking at what he might do, then move over or go straight on if he comes into the corner too quick and isn't going to make it without running into someone. Not the ideal weekend but there's nothing we can do about it. At least we got one point back at the end."

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