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Perez is sorry

Silverstone: Force India’s Sergio Perez has apologised to Williams test driver Susie Wolff after a joke about women racers backfired on him.

Wolff, who in Friday practice with Williams at the British Grand Prix became the first woman in 22 years to take part in a Formula One weekend, made clear there were no hard feelings.

Interviewed by Spanish television, Perez had hailed Wolff as a great driver but than added jokingly that he would not want to be beaten by a female teammate and felt they would be better off in the kitchen. The remarks flared up on social media and Perez subsequently put a message on Instagram apologising “with all my heart” to all women and Wolff in particular. “It was never my intention to offend anyone,” he said.

The Mexican also explained to his Twitter followers that: “I never at any moment spoke badly of Susie. On the contrary, I have a very good relationship with her and admire her for being here.”