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McLaren drivers clear the air
07:08 AEST Fri May 10 2013

Sergio Perez says he and his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button will 'respect each other' more when they fight for race positions in the future.

Following their wheel-banging clash at last month's Bahrain Grand Prix, the 23-year-old Mexican and the 2009 world champion were summoned to a meeting with team principal Martin Whitmarsh and sporting director Sam Michael.

That discussion helped them clear the air after an intense battle in the desert where Button appeared close to losing his temper after making several angry radio calls to the team.

Perez told reporters at the Circuit de Catalunya ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix that lessons had been learned and added that he expected both of them to behave differently should they find themselves in a similar tussle again.

Perez said: "We know not to risk that much with your team-mate... We were too aggressive with each other, we lost time and I think that has to be a little bit different between us.

"We can't waste too much time - and especially at this stage of the season where the tyres are so critical, we wasted too much tyre. So we have to be more flexible in fighting.

"We are thankful we are in a team like McLaren where they let you fight as team-mates, so we have to respect each other a bit more."


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