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Sergio Pérez

Red Bull Racing
Nationality mex Mexican
Birthplace Guadalajara
Date of birth 26/01/1990 (34 yr.)
F1 debut 2011, Australia

After helping the team to secure their first Constructors' Championship in many years in 2022 and a very dominant win in 2023 as well, Sergio Perez will again race for Red Bull alongside Max Verstappen in the 2024 F1 season.

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F1 season 2024

WC Position 2
Races 6
WC points 103.0
Victories 0
Podiums 4
Pole positions 0

F1 career

World titles 0
WC points 1589
Races 263
Victories 6
Podium places 39
Pole positions 3

Sergio Perez | Personal information

Name Sergio Pérez Mendoza
Team Red Bull
Date of Birth 26 January, 1990
Place of Birth Guadalajara, Mexico
Height 1.73m
Weight 63kg
Nationality Mexican
Race Number 11

Biography of F1 driver Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez broke into Formula 1 with Sauber back in 2011, and in the decade since has driven for a number of teams and established himself as one of the sport's most reliable drivers.

Through stints with Sauber, McLaren, and Force India/Racing Point, the latter of which brought him his first-ever F1 race victory at the Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020, the Mexican has shown his skill and longevity on the way to his current position with Red Bull.

But who is Sergio Perez and how did he secure his spot in Formula 1?

Here is everything you need to know about Sergio Perez.

Teammates and teams | Sergio Perez

Team Teammate Season
Sauber Kamui Kobayashi 2011
Sauber Kamui Kobayashi 2012
McLaren Jenson Button 2013
Force India Nico Hülkenberg 2014
Force India Nico Hülkenberg 2015
Force India Nico Hülkenberg 2016
Force India Esteban Ocon 2017
Force India Esteban Ocon 2018
Racing Point Lance Stroll 2019
Racing Point Lance Stroll 2020
Oracle Red Bull Racing Max Verstappen 2021
Oracle Red Bull Racing Max Verstappen 2022
Oracle Red Bull Racing Max Verstappen 2023
Oracle Red Bull Racing Max Verstappen 2024
			© Red Bull Contentpool/Getty Images
	© Red Bull Contentpool/Getty Images

Perez's early career

Sergio 'Checo' Perez entered the world on 26 January 1990 in Guadalajara, Mexico, as the offspring of a former stock car racer. At the tender age of six, he delved into the realm of karting.

Those initial years revealed glimpses of the budding driver's potential, amassing a trove of trophies in both his homeland and the United States. This early triumph prompted a transition to Europe, where he contested in the German Formula BMW ADAC series in 2005.

The inaugural year away from home failed to materialize the success Perez aspired to, culminating in a challenging 14th place in the drivers' standings.

However, navigating the terrain with a 4speed Media car, he exhibited improvement, securing a sixth-place finish the subsequent year. During the 2006/2007 season, Perez engaged in the A1 Grand Prix championship for Team Mexico, etching his name as the third-youngest driver to partake in the competition.

Buoyed by growing confidence, Perez embarked on one of the pivotal junctures of his nascent career by relocating to Oxford, UK, to partake in the British Formula 3 championship for the 2007 season.

In the service of the T-Sport team, Perez asserted his dominance in the series, clinching victory in two-thirds of the races and consistently gracing the podium, with only two exceptions. Both he and the constructor ascended to the premier International Class the subsequent year.

Rise to F1

Perez's achievements in the United Kingdom garnered increased attention from teams higher up the motorsport hierarchy. Recognizing his prowess in Formula 3, he received a call-up to the Campos Grand Prix team, marking his entry into GP2 for the 2008/2009 GP2 Asia Series.

His debut in Sakhir proved triumphant, securing a victory in the first race of the season, followed by another win in Qatar. Perez later transitioned to Arden International for the main GP2 Series in 2009, partnering with Edoardo Mortara. Despite finishing 12th overall, he achieved his best result with a second-place finish at Valencia. During the off-season, Perez contested two rounds of the 2009/2010 GP2 Asia Series for Barwa Addax, clinching five victories and securing a second-place finish overall, trailing only Pastor Maldonado.

Perez's remarkable performances, coupled with substantial financial backing from Mexican sponsors, captured the attention of Formula 1 teams. In late 2010, Sauber revealed that Perez would join them for the 2011 season, stepping in as a replacement for Nick Heidfeld.

This move positioned Perez as the fifth Mexican to compete in Formula 1 and the first since the retirement of Hector Rebaque in 1981. Notably, he was also appointed as a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy.

			© Sauber
	© Sauber

Sauber debut and McLaren chance

Perez made his F1 debut at the 2011 Australian Grand Prix, finishing seventh, although Sauber were later disqualified from the race for technical infringements.

He secured his first points in Spain later that season, and looked on good form going into the race in Monaco.

Perez reached the final 10 in qualifying in Monte Carlo for the first time, but ended up crashing heavily at the beginning of Q3. This kept him out of the race, along with the following Grand Prix in Canada, though he avoided serious injuries.

Regularly outperforming his more experienced teammate, Kamui Kobayashi, Perez also scored more points for the struggling Sauber outfit. His form resulted in a mid-season test for Ferrari, though he eventually signed an extension with Sauber.

Perez started the 2012 season well at a rain-soaked Malaysian Grand Prix. He looked to be in with a shot of victory, but a strategy misfire with the pit-stop meant he lost out to Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso.

Speculation that Perez could head to Ferrari as a replacement for Felipe Massa started to swell after more podium finishes, and while the Scuderia ultimately opted against the Mexican based on his lack of experience, McLaren saw something else.

With Lewis Hamilton set to depart for Mercedes, McLaren needed a driver to partner Jenson Button, and Perez was given the opportunity, signing a multi-year contract for 2013.

Expectations were high upon Perez's arrival in Woking, but the anticipation soon soured after the 2013 car, the MP4-28, was found to be a shadow of the race-winning machine the team had fielded the previous season.

There was also tension between the two teammates, with Button criticising Perez's driving style, as the latter was involved in a number of crashes during the season.

He retired from the Monaco Grand Prix following a collision with Kimi Raikkonen – who later said that Perez should be "punched in the face" – before moving on to score a season-best fifth-place finish in India.

However, the performances ultimately weren't enough, with Perez departing McLaren at the end of the season.

Force India, initially...

Following his departure from McLaren, Perez was on the hunt for a new F1 seat. He soon signed with Force India, replacing Paul di Resta alongside Nico Hulkenberg.

Perez was determined to bounce back and prove his pace after a disappointing stint with McLaren, and got his season off to an almost ideal start with third in Bahrain, only the second time the team had ever been on the podium.

Despite finishing behind Hulkenberg in the overall points standings at the end of the season, the team renewed his contract for 2015. Force India's faith in Perez would be rewarded as he was responsible for the majority of the outfit's points haul, including another podium, this time at the Russian Grand Prix.

Perez made his first appearance at a home race that same year at the Mexican Grand Prix, but the fairy-tale ending wasn't to be, as he was beaten to the line by Hulkenberg.

He put his Force India fourth on the grid at the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi, coming home fifth behind both Mercedes and Ferrari cars.

Perez once again showed his pedigree in 2016, putting his car on the podium a further two times in Monaco and Azerbaijan, with the team overtaking Williams as the leading Mercedes customer team on the grid.

Perez managed to outpace his teammate over the year, and Hulkenberg would eventually leave, with Esteban Ocon brought in as his replacement. Perez was able to consistently keep the upper hand on Ocon over the Frenchman's two-year stint with Force India, but the two also clashed repeatedly on and off the track including collisions at Baku, Hungaroring and, most seriously, at Spa in 2017.

The situation got to the point where the team had to order them to refrain from racing one another, but the close battles continued.

While the relationship between the two drivers deteriorated on track, things were much worse for the team away from the circuit.

Force India owner Vijay Mallya had run into financial issues, and as such, it was unclear whether the squad would make it to the end of the year. Perez was to play a pivotal role in saving the team, but on track the difficulties were showing and he consistently finished outside the points.

			© Racing Point
	© Racing Point

...then Racing Point

Perez still managed to claim a podium at Baku, but by the summer break it was clear that the team's issues were becoming untenable, and their driver activated a sponsor clause in his contract to trigger administration. That process ultimately led to a buyout by Canadian retail billionaire Lawrence Stroll, with the team rebranded as Racing Point from the Belgian Grand Prix.

Despite the resolution of the off-track problems, the issues between the drivers remained tense, and Perez was to blame when the two clashed at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Going into 2019 as Racing Point, Ocon was replaced by Lance Stroll. While Perez got the better of his new teammate over the course of the season, the car's lack of pace meant he finished 10th overall in the championship.

However, Stroll senior had big plans for the team. As a result, Perez signed a contract extension that would keep him with the team through 2022.

The 2020 Racing Point car was the subject of much controversy, being dubbed the 'Pink Mercedes' due to its similarities to the 2019 championship-winning Mercedes car. That issue would rumble on into the season, and ultimately result in the team taking a points penalty. However, the car was undeniably fast, and Perez would go on to have his best-ever season in Formula 1.

Perez finished fourth in the Drivers' Championship and secured his first-ever F1 win at the Sakhir Grand Prix after a sensational drive from the back of the grid. Even a bout of coronavirus, which kept him out of the double-header at Silverstone, wasn't enough to knock the year off course.

Despite the strong performances on track, which saw Perez score more than double Stroll's point's tally through the season, Perez was told he would not have his contract renewed, with Sebastian Vettel brought in as his replacement.

There were rumours that Perez could replace George Russell at Williams should the young Briton step up to take Valtteri Bottas' seat at Mercedes, but that never materialised, and he ultimately signed a one-year deal with Red Bull to replace Alexander Albon.

Return to the front with Red Bull

There were several drivers rumoured to be in the running for the second Red Bull seat alongside Max Verstappen in 2021, including Hulkenberg, who had stood in for Perez when he was out the year before.

However, the opportunity ultimately went to Perez, the reward for an exceptional showing in 2020 and years of persistence which the team believed made him the ideal candidate to support Verstappen in his title bid.

With Perez one of several drivers to switch teams for 2021, all of those who had moved initially seemed to struggle in their new environments. Perez, though, still managed to finish either fifth or fourth at several of the opening races of the year.

At the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, Perez took his first victory as a Red Bull driver.

Whilst this proved to be his only win of the year, the Mexican racked up several podium finishes, particularly in the latter half of the season. This included a third place at his home race.

Perez also played a key role in supporting Verstappen's attempt to win the championship, often putting in some defensive driving to prevent the likes of Lewis Hamilton from catching his teammate.

The end of the season brought two DNFs for Perez, but he still managed to secure P4 in the World Championship, though Red Bull missed out on victory in the Constructors' to Mercedes.

			© Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images
	© Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images

Best-ever championship finish

Perez was retained by Red Bull for the 2022 campaign, but things got off to a rocky start for the team, with both Perez and teammate Max Verstappen recording retirements at the season-opening race in Bahrain due to mechanical issues.

The Mexican went on to claim a continued number of points finishes in the events that followed before securing his debut win of the season at the Monaco Grand Prix, a moment that he described as a "dream come true".

There were DNFs for Perez in Canada and Austria, while Verstappen looked to be gaining a strong momentum in the World Championship standings.

Perez claimed his second win of the campaign in Singapore, but Verstappen clinched the title just one weekend later at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The battle remained on for second place, with Perez and Charles Leclerc both vying for the position. There was drama between Perez and Verstappen at the penultimate event of the season in Brazil when the Dutchman refused a team order to allow Perez to pass him on the last lap.

It was ultimately Leclerc who secured P2 in the standings in Abu Dhabi, but Perez's final classification of P3 marked his best-ever championship result in Formula 1.

			© XPBimages
	© XPBimages

Perez feeling 'more prepared'

Having signed a contract extension to remain with the team until the end of 2024, Perez will enter into his third season as a Red Bull driver in 2023.

The driver from Guadalajara has stated that he feels "so much more prepared" after settling in at the Milton Keynes-based outfit.

However, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has cast doubt on Perez's chances of challenging Max Verstappen for the title in the upcoming campaign.

The 2023 and 2024 season

In 2023, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were neck and neck in the initial races. Perez secured victories in the Saudi Arabian and Azerbaijan Grands Prix, earning him the title 'the king of the streets.' However, from the Monaco Grand Prix onward, the points gap between the two drivers widened, and Perez experienced two Did Not Finish (DNF) results in races. Consequently, a reasonably intense battle for the second position unfolded, ultimately won by the Mexican against Lewis Hamilton. Perez concluded the 2023 season with 285 points.

In 2024, Perez continues to race alongside Verstappen at Red Bull. Will he be able to make a serious bid for the world title this season?

RESULTS 2024 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - Qualifying