London, Oct 8(ANI): Lewis Hamilton has taken a dig at Sauber driver Sergio Perez, who would replace him at McLaren next year, accusing the Mexican of trying to hamper his Formula One championship hopes with a crazy overtaking maneuver during the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.
The pair found themselves battling on the track as they ran sixth and seventh in the early going at Suzuka.
Perez dropped behind Hamilton after running wide while trying to pass Ferrari's Felipe Massa, but made a pass on the Briton at the hairpin in a cloud of tyre smoke as he locked up his left-front tyre.
Hamilton regained the advantage after the first-round of pit stops and, when Perez tried to go around the outside at the hairpin, his car spun off into the gravel and out of the race.
"I saw him coming and I have a championship to fight for and he doesn't," the Daily Mail quoted Hamilton, who eventually finished fifth and now lies 42 points behind championship leader Fernando Alonso, as saying.
"I thought that he was going to do a crazy maneuver, which he did. Then [later] when he was behind me I saw it coming again so I moved a little to the inside, thinking that he was going to go up the inside so he couldn't get by, and he just flew down the outside of me. So very interesting," he added. (ANI)