Sergio Perez  Mexico

  • Full name Sergio Perez
  • Nickname Checo
  • Birth date January 26, 1990
  • Birthplace Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Current age 24 years 301 days
  • Current team Force India
  • Previous teams McLaren, Sauber
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2014 World Championship
# Grand Prix Circuit Date Car Pos Pts Qual FL
1 Australia Albert Park March 16 Force India (VJM07) 10 1 16
2 Malaysia Sepang March 30 Force India (VJM07) dns 22
3 Bahrain BIC April 6 Force India (VJM07) 3 15 4
4 China Shanghai April 20 Force India (VJM07) 9 2 16
5 Spain Catalunya May 11 Force India (VJM07) 9 2 11
6 Monaco Monaco May 25 Force India (VJM07) ret 10
7 Canada Gilles Villeneuve June 8 Force India (VJM07) 11 13
8 Austria Spielberg June 22 Force India (VJM07) 6 8 15 FL
9 Great Britain Silverstone July 6 Force India (VJM07) 11 7
10 Germany Hockenheim July 20 Force India (VJM07) 10 1 10
11 Hungary Hungaroring July 27 Force India (VJM07) ret 12
12 Belgium Spa August 24 Force India (VJM07) 8 4 13
13 Italy Monza September 7 Force India (VJM07) 7 6 10
14 Singapore Singapore September 21 Force India (VJM07) 7 6 15
15 Japan Suzuka October 5 Force India (VJM07) 10 1 11
16 Russia Sochi October 12 Force India (VJM07) 10 1 12
17 United States Austin November 2 Force India (VJM07) ret 11
18 Brazil Interlagos November 9 Force India (VJM07) 15 18
19 Abu Dhabi Yas Marina November 23 Force India (VJM07) dns 11
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
2011 Sauber 18 17 0 0 13 7 0 0 9 0 0 14 16
2012 Sauber 20 20 0 3 14 2 0 0 4 1 0 66 10
2013 McLaren 19 19 0 0 18 5 0 0 7 1 0 49 11
2014 Force India 18 17 0 1 14 3 0 0 4 1 0 47 12*
Total 75 73 0 4 59 2 0 0 4 3 0 176
Race Circuit Date
First race Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 27, 2011 Race results
Last race Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos November 9, 2014 Race results
Profile
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Sergio Perez graduated from karts at the tender age of 14 and was immediately brought under the wing of telecommunications giant Telmex, which sent him to the Skip Barber Racing School in the USA.

Telmex money then oiled his progression through the European junior formulas, seeing him race in Formula BMW, British Formula 3 and reach GP2 at just 18 years old. Despite wins along the way, he never took an overall title victory (although he did win the British F3 national series).

However, his talent started to shine through in the GP2 Asia Series and he became the youngest ever winner in the category with victory at the Bahrain sprint race. In his first European GP2 season he finished 12th after picking up a couple of podiums, but it was in 2010 when he really made a name for himself, taking four wins including the prestigious Monaco feature race.

His Telmex backing secured him a place in F1 for 2011 but a strong rookie season saw him resist the pay driver tag. A show of faith from Sauber came as early as the British Grand Prix in July where he was announced as part of an unchanged line-up alongside fellow GP2 graduate Kamui Kobayashi for a second season.

The second year proved more successful than the first as Perez so nearly won the second race in Malaysia, eventually settling for second place behind Fernando Alonso. More impressive results came with a third place in Canada and a second at Monza ahead of both Ferraris. Perez was a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy at the time but it wasn't enough to convince Luca di Montezemolo to give him a race seat for 2013 and McLaren swooped in to sign him as Lewis Hamilton's replacement.

However, a dog of a car meant he struggled for results in 2013 and his McLaren relationship lasted just one year before the team decided to offload him. However, he was not without a drive for very long as Force India opted to pair him with Nico Hulkenberg for 2014.

Strengths and Weaknesses
Undoubtedly fast but has yet to show the maturity and all-round ability to win a championship outright.

Career High
His first F1 podium, which was so nearly a victory, at the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2012. It gave him the recognition in the paddock he needed to ultimately secure a place at McLaren in 2013.

Career Low
Getting the boot from McLaren after just one year in his dream job.

Quotes
"Competition. I love to compete - every single day. Not only in driving, also on the physical and mental side."

"Off track, I'm pretty wild to tell you the truth!"

Trivia
Perez is very superstitious and wears a number of lucky bracelets every time he races. One is from his grandmother.

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November 21, 2014

Sergio Perez approaches Turn 18

October 31, 2014

Sergio Perez starts the climb up to Turn 1

October 10, 2014

Sergio Perez rounds the kerbs

     

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