Sergio Perez is a Spanish professional racing driver who currently drives in Formula One for Force India. Born in Madrid, Spain, he has won three world championships and 31 Grands Prix since his debut in 2006.
Sergio Perez is a professional racing driver for the Force India Formula One team. He has won 3 World Championships and 16 Grands Prix. His net worth is estimated to be $60 million.
MEXICO CITY – His first and sharpest critic is Sergio Perez. The Mexican driver hasn’t enjoyed his 2021 Formula One season, but he believes he’s found his position at Red Bull Racing Honda and is convinced that his year-end grade will reflect that.
In an interview with ESPN before of Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix, “Checo” admitted that he has left reachable points and races on the table, despite mitigating circumstances. “We got a little confused midstream trying to find a road that didn’t take us anywhere,” Perez, 31, said. “As a result, we lost a lot of points and critical races.” “But we discovered what was going on and corrected it, and I believe we’ve sorted out the vehicle and how to get the most out of Red Bull.”
Perez sees himself as a key player in the development of Red Bull’s 2022 vehicle, which he has already tried out in a simulator. His main emphasis, though, is on finishing third in the 2021 driver standings (he is presently fourth with 150 points) and leading his Red Bull team to the constructors’ championship.
Checo feels it is possible to overtake Red Bull colleague and current points leader Max Verstappen in the standings next season without generating a split between the two, among other things. He also found one specific Mexican social media phenomena including his resemblance hilarious.
Here’s what Perez had to say to ESPN without further ado:
So far, how would you rate your performance with Red Bull? There’s a lot to consider here. If you look at it objectively, I’m not pleased with my season, but there are several elements at play. It was the same with me for drivers who transferred teams and particularly those in new cars — [Daniel] Ricciardo is an example of a great driver who has struggled to acclimatize. I’ve fought to adjust, yet it’s difficult to provide a grade at this time. The grade will be different if I finish strong, as I predict. So I’m going to hold off until the end of the year.
Can the lessons learned from the last race in Austin be applied to this one? Without a question. It’s not just in Austin, either. I believe we’ve had some races where we should’ve won four or five times in a row. We’ve done well in recent races, but I believe we’ll get the lift we need this weekend to earn pole and win the race.
What has been the most significant contribution you’ve made to Red Bull? I believe it was the experience, as well as the number of points I deducted from Mercedes and gave to Max. The team is usually upbeat, not just in terms of how we work together, but also in terms of how we’ve pushed the team in numerous areas.
Except for once, you’ve never signed a contract for more than a year, and even that fell through. I assume you’re looking for a multi-year contract. What do you need to do in order for it to happen? Be consistent right from the start. Finish strong in the remaining five races in terms of my adjustment, then start the new year off well and be the driver to beat.
Sergio Perez on the pit lane before his home race weekend. Getty Images/Mark Thompson
Max is racing.
With the sound of motors in the background and lunch on the horizon, a hungry Checo doesn’t waste any time in assessing his season in a favorable but objective light, peppering it with adjectives.
What role will you play in the development of the automobile in 2022? What actions have you taken in this regard? Fundamental. Every weekend at the engineers’ meetings, I’ve been a part of it all, and I’ve tested out the simulator. But we’ve reached the stage in the championship when we’re battling for our life on one hand and developing a whole new vehicle on the other.
Regardless of the automobile or location, your ultimate aim is to win the championship. That said, how would you go about competing for the championship at Red Bull next year without clashing with Max? We have a terrific working connection and a positive team atmosphere. When I’m in front of him, he’s a fantastic athlete, and he’s well aware of it. I don’t believe there are any issues.
You’ve probably been asked a thousand times today whether you’d let Max pass you in Mexico. What would have to happen in order for that to happen, and where would Max and Hamilton have to be in the standings? It’s difficult to imagine that right now. We’ll have to wait and see what happens on Saturday for each of us, but we’re still aiming for the pole.
Is your end-of-year ambition to finish third or to help Red Bull win the team and driver titles? To win the constructors’ championship, I believe I’d have to finish third.
Is it even possible? Yes. I’m going to give it my all in the remaining five races. Nowadays, every point matters, and I don’t see why such races shouldn’t be won.
Since the start of the 2021 season, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez have been teammates. Getty Images/Chris Graythen
How do you see the beginning, with that long straight and then that first turn? Complicated. It’s more significant since there are constantly accidents on that bend.
Which racing line will be the most effective? Before the races, there is seldom a best line. They change during the race, and it’s always fascinating that you can never plan a start, even if the outside has traditionally been the best option. Everything may change in a split second.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on social media about yourself this year? “Cardboard Checo” made me laugh out loud (life-sized cutouts of Perez placed at various retailers in Mexico that were regularly stolen for comedic and collecting purposes). They brought me to weddings, vaccination clinics, and other events. Mexican pranks are genuinely one-of-a-kind.
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