Palmer says Hamilton ‘holding up’ Perez was “payback” for Abu Dhabi

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At the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, while battling for P2 in the championship, Sergio Perez lost valuable time in a battle with Lewis Hamilton. Jolyon Palmer says “in many ways, this was payback from Hamilton”.

At the 2021 title decider in Abu Dhabi, Sergio Perez managed to hold up Lewis Hamilton, so that his team-mate Max Verstappen could close up a significant gap that the Briton had built.

At the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Sergio Perez was involved in another battle with Hamilton, but this time Lewis was the one who was able to keep Checo behind for some time, which proved to be a deciding factor in the Mexican’s battle with Charles Leclerc for P2 in the championship.

In his column, Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer said it could be considered payback from Hamilton.

“Ultimately, [Perez] came up short by a lap or two, not helped by a botched first passing attempt on Lewis Hamilton,” Palmer wrote.

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“Checo passed Lewis into Turn 6 at the first attempt, shortly after hearing from his engineer that he could not afford to lose time with the manoeuvre.

“The issue was that out of Turn 7 there is a long straight again and Hamilton could fight back with DRS, in the exact same manner Perez frustrated the Mercedes driver in last year’s finale.

“Ferrari made the right strategy call for Leclerc in Abu Dhabi to give them a lift ahead of next season

“In many ways, this was payback from Hamilton, who cost the Red Bull driver a crucial second and a half in lap time, meaning he came up agonisingly short in a bid to attack for second late on,” the Briton concluded.

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