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Sergio Perez

Why is Sergio Perez's nickname 'Checo'?

Find out why Sergio Perez's nickname is Checo? Where did he get the name and what does it mean?

Perez Red Bull Spanish GP Thursday
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As teammate to Max Verstappen with the dominant Red Bull team, Sergio Perez finds himself in a position all other Formula 1 drivers wish they were in.

Such is the advantage of the RB19 machine in 2023, it is already clear that either Perez or Verstappen will end the year as World Champion.

Perez started the season strongly with two wins from the first four races, but a rough patch of form in Monaco and Spain has seen Verstappen's points lead to 53, ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

But Perez still harbours hopes of catching his teammate - with his fans reverently supporting the driver known as 'Checo'.

Where did Sergio Perez get the nickname 'Checo' and what does it mean?

Sergio Perez 'Checo' nickname

The origins of how Sergio Perez came to acquire his 'Checo' nickname are actually quite mundane.

"It's not really that complicated or interesting," he said when asked about it in 2013.

"In Mexico, all Sergio are automatically given the nickname 'Checo', so there's no story behind it."

It is similar to how 'Jack' is short for 'John' or 'Jim' short for 'James' in English.

Perez has been known by his Checo nickname since he came into F1 - and as of the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix, he has made 242 starts, taking six wins, 30 podiums and three pole positions.


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