Sergio “Checo” Pérez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in 1990 and when he was six years old he was already on the slopes, in his first steps in the children’s category, he obtained several victories; Since making his Formula 1 debut 11 years ago, he has managed to reach the podium 16 times, the most recent being on April 10, when he finished second in the Australian Grand Prix. .
Pérez began competing in the 2011 Formula 1 season, making his Australian Grand Prix debut and finishing in 17th place. Initially he competed with Swiss team Sauber.
“Checo” has made several records at 32a few weeks ago, at the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia, he obtained a pole position, the first time that a Mexican driver starts a race from the position of honor.
These are all the times the man from Guadalajara has made it to the podium:
1. Malaysian GP 2012: Second place
At 22, shortly after starting to compete in F1, Pérez got his first podium, finished second in a rainy race and competed with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso; his achievement at the Malaysian GP was historic, as a Mexican hadn’t achieved it since 1971.
2. Canadian GP 2012: third place
That same year, after four negative races, he finished third, behind Lewis Hamilton Yes Romain Grosjean.
3. Italian GP 2012: Second place
His third podium came at the Monza circuit, at the Italian GP, when he finished second. At the end of his second season in F1, Pérez is in the Top 10 of the drivers’ championship.
For 2013, he decided to join McLaren, although he didn’t get one with said team.
4. Bahrain GP 2014: third place
In 2014, “Checo” joined Sahara Force Indiawith whom he reached the podium five times, the first being at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
“Without a doubt my most special podium for all it means to me personally and to those who have traveled with me. This is for you,” he wrote on Instagram at the time.
5. 2015 Russian GP: third place
Sergio Pérez reaches third place in the Russian GP, the second with Sahara Force India.
6. Monaco GP 2016: third place
Starting seventh, “Checo” reached third place, behind Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo.
7. European GP 2016: third place
After finishing third in the European GP, Pérez wrote on his Instagram account: “We closed with a podium the best weekend of my entire career in Formula 1″.
8. 2018 Azerbaijan GP: third place
In the 2018 season, Pérez had a bad start, until the GP of Azerbaijan, where he obtained a third place, with which Checo was crowned Mexican with the most podiums in F1, a title that Pedro Rodríguez had until there.
9. Turkish GP 2020: Second place
In 2020, “Checo takes its first podium with Race point, during his last year of contract. He comes second. “Perfect and error-free race,” he wrote on social media.
10. Sakhir GP 2020: First place
In Sakhir, Pérez obtained his first victory in F1 with an incredible comeback after Charles Leclerc had sent him to 18th place. It was the first time a Mexican won a race after Pedro Rodríguez did so in Belgium in 1970.
“50 years have passed to put our flag back on top!What a privilege to have achieved it in this way!”, he commented on social networks.
11. Azerbaijan GP 2021: first place
Already with Red Bull, Pérez took another first place in the 2021 Azerbaijan GP. “We couldn’t pass up that one! This is for all of Mexico!” he wrote on his social networks.
12. 2021 French GP: third place
With its third position in France, it was the first time that Red Bull Racing had two drivers on the podium in 2021, alongside Max Verstappen.
13. Turkish GP 2021: third place
In Turkey, Checo Pérez achieved his third podium of 2021 in a race where he withstood the attack of Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen was in second place.
14. United States GP 2021: third place
After suffering technical problems with his car, Pérez secured third place. His car ran out of hydration on the first lap as he had to deal with high temperatures. According to him, it was “the longest race” of his life.
15. 2021 Mexican GP: third place
On Mexican lands, Pérez came in third place, becoming the first Mexican to win a top 3 in an F1 competition on the circuit of Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
16. Australian GP 2022: Second place
It is the sixteenth time that the man from Guadalajara has been on the podium since his participation in Formula 1 and the first of a complicated season in the other two races of the Formula 1 World Cup, since in Bahrain he retired from the race in the final laps due to technician problems, and in Saudi Arabia he finished fourth after securing Mexico’s first ever ‘pole’.