After Red Bull junior driver Juri Vips was suspended for using racist language, an old video of Sergio Perez making misogynistic comments about Toto Wolff’s wife Susie has resurfaced.
Red Bull seems to have some trouble among its ranks when it comes to racism. Last year one of the team’s employees was fired due to making racist comments, and now their junior driver Juri Vips got suspended for the same reason.
Vips was filmed using racist language during a livestream with Red Bull’s Formula 2 driver Liam Lawson. This came after he was already caught making homophobic comments in a different livestream.
Well, amid this controversy, an old 2014 video of Sergio Perez making misogynistic comments aimed toward fellow driver Susie Wolff has resurfaced.
The comments were made while Perez was driving for Force India, after Wolff made her free practice debut for Williams.
Perez was asked if he would like to have a woman as a team-mate, and his answer was a bit… problematic.
“Imagine if a woman beats you, that would be it,” joked the Mexican.
“It’s better that she goes to the kitchen.”
Perez has since apologized for the comment.
“I feel really ashamed by the way my words have been distorted about the opportunity of racing side by side with a woman,” he told the BBC.
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“I want to be absolutely clear that my intention was not to offend anybody, and my comment does not reflect a ‘macho’ posture on my behalf.
“I recognise that my comment, even though it was intended as a joke, was absolutely out of place and also unacceptable.
“With Susie Wolff I hold a very close friendship and I admire her greatly for her determination.
“I wish her the best of luck as a person and as a professional driver,” Perez concluded.
After she learned of the comments, Wolff defended Perez and made a little joke of her own.
“Saw some comments made by Sergio Perez as I was making dinner in the kitchen last night,” she wrote on social media.
“Please give him a break. His comments were taken completely out of context.
“Anyway, as my family will tell you, I drive better than I cook!” Susie joked.
While Perez might have actually thought his comments were just good fun, it shows that the attitudes toward women in motorsport have a long way to go.
You can watch the video in question, below.
— JAVI (@Javiifcb_) June 21, 2022