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This article is about the racing driver. For other people named Sergio Pérez, see Sergio Pérez (disambiguation).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Pérez and the second or maternal family name is Mendoza.


Sergio Pérez
SergioPerez2011Italia.jpg
Pérez at the 2011 Italian Grand Prix, driving for Sauber
Born(1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 24)


Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityMexico Mexican
2014 teamForce India-Mercedes
2014 car #11
Races66 (63 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums4
Career points157
Pole positions0
Fastest laps3
First race2011 Australian Grand Prix
Last race2014 Austrian Grand Prix
2013 position11th (49 pts)
Sergio Pérez Mendoza (born 26 January 1990) also known as "Checo" Pérez, is a Mexican racing driver, currently driving for Force India.

Pérez was a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy until 2012. He also took his first Formula One podium at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix with Sauber, a drive which won him plaudits and fuelled speculation of a move to Ferrari in the near future. However, Pérez later told reporters that he expected to stay with Sauber until at least the end of the 2012 season. Due to his young age and performance, he has been referred to as "The Mexican Wunderkind".

Pérez joined McLaren for the 2013 season however the car failed to deliver a single podium finish, giving the team one of its worst years since 1980. Subsequently for the 2014 season, the team decided to replace Pérez with Danish driver Kevin Magnussen very late into the season almost leaving Pérez without a seat. In December 2013, it was announced that Force India have signed Pérez in a 15 million Euro deal.

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          Personal life

          Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Sergio Pérez is the youngest child of Antonio Pérez Garibay and Marilú Pérez (née Mendoza); he also has an older sister Paola and an older brother Antonio Pérez. who competes in the NASCAR Toyota Series, a stock car racing championship held in Mexico.

          Both Pérez brothers are big football fans, stating that they thought about leaving car racing to play professionally. The Pérez brothers are friends of Mexican international Javier Hernández. In an interview in 2012 for the official Formula One website, Pérez revealed that if he had not been a driver would have liked to be a lawyer.

          In November 2012, Pérez unveiled the Checo Pérez Foundation to support orphans and children with cancer; his sister Paola would also be involved with the project, as its President.

          Early career

          Karting

          Pérez began his career at the age of 6 years in karting in 1996. In his first year of competition he achieved four victories in the junior category at the end of the year and claimed the runner-up spot in the category. In 1997, Pérez participated in the karting Youth Class, where he was the youngest driver in the category and earned a win, five podiums and finished fourth in the championship.

          The following year, he returned to compete in the junior category, where he had eight wins; and at the end of the campaign, he became the youngest driver to become champion of the category. He also participated in several races in Shifter 125 cc, and competed in Master Kadets, where he finished on the podium.

          In 1999, he raced in the 80 cc Shifter category, where he took three wins and finished third in the championship. Pérez also became the youngest driver to win a competition in the category, after obtaining special permission from the Federation to participate in the 80 cc Shifter.

          In 2000, he raced in the Shifter 80 cc Championship, and also participated in three races in the Shifter 125 cc category which was part of the Telmex Challenge. However, Pérez was not satisfied with the results and the following season, was up for another championship, this time on the 125cc Shifter Regional, and once again was the youngest driver to compete in the category. With all these achievements, the Mexican driver caught the attention of scouts for Scuderia Telmex.

          With six wins in 2002, Pérez finished as the national runner-up in the Shifter 125 cc category, and participated in the global race Shifter 80 cc, in Las Vegas, where qualified fifth and finished in 11th place.

          In 2003, he was leading both championships in the 125 cc category, but withdrew from the last seven races, which proved to be a disappointment in his title aspirations. However, he finished in third place in Telmex Challenge, in addition to winning the Cup runner-up in Mexico. In the same year, he was also invited to attend the Easy Kart 125 Shootout, where he competed against drivers from around the world and managed to qualify in first place to eventually take the checkered flag, while he was the youngest in the category.

          Skip Barber

          Pérez competed in the United States-based Skip Barber National Championship in 2004. Driving for a team sponsored by Mexican telecommunications company Telmex, he finished eleventh in the championship.

          Formula BMW

          Pérez moved to Europe for 2005 to compete in the German Formula BMW ADAC series. Pérez was allowed to reside in a restaurant owned by his team manager for four months. He finished fourteenth in the championship, driving for Team Rosberg, and improved to sixth position the following year.

          A1 Grand Prix

          In the 2006–07 A1 Grand Prix season, Pérez took part in a single round of the championship for A1 Team Mexico. He was the third-youngest driver to take part in the series.

          Formula Three

          Pérez switched to the British Formula Three Championship for 2007. Pérez relocated his personal residence to Oxford. He competed in the National Class – for older chassis – with the T-Sport team, winning the championship by a comfortable margin. In the process, he won two-thirds of the races and a similar proportion of pole positions, and finished all but two races on the podium.

          For 2008, he and T-Sport graduated to the premier International Class of the championship, where he was one of the few drivers to be equipped with a Mugen Honda engine. After leading the championship early in the season, he eventually finished fourth in the drivers' standings.

          GP2 Series

          Pérez drove for the Campos Grand Prix team in the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season, partnering Russian driver Vitaly Petrov. He is the first Mexican driver to compete at this level of motorsport since Giovanni Aloi took part in International Formula 3000 in 1990. He won his first GP2 Asia Series race at Sakhir, winning from lights-to-flag in the sprint race having started from pole position. He added a second win at Losail, during the sprint race of the night meeting in Qatar.

          He moved to Arden International for the main 2009 GP2 Series season, driving alongside fellow Formula Three graduate Edoardo Mortara. Pérez finished twelfth in the standings, with a best result of second coming at Valencia. In the off-season, he contested two rounds of the 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series for Barwa Addax, ahead of a 2010 main series campaign with the team. He won five races, and finished second in the standings behind Pastor Maldonado.

          Formula One

          Sauber (2011–2012)

          2011 season
          See also: 2011 Formula One season



          Pérez driving for Sauber at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
          On 4 October 2010, Sauber announced that Pérez would join the team in 2011, replacing Nick Heidfeld. Sauber subsequently announced a partnership with Pérez's sponsor Telmex. Pérez became the fifth Mexican to compete in Formula One, and the first since Héctor Rebaque competed between 1977 and 1981. Pérez also became a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy scheme in October 2010.

          He passed the chequered flag in seventh place in his first race, the Australian Grand Prix, impressing observers by stopping to change tyres only once, becoming the only driver in the field to make fewer than two stops. However, both Sauber cars were subsequently disqualified for infringing technical regulations. Pérez failed to repeat the result in Malaysia where body parts flew off Sébastien Buemi's Toro Rosso car and into the electrical system of Pérez's Sauber, forcing his retirement. The Chinese Grand Prix saw him start in 12th position and he struggled during the race as well as making contact with several drivers en route to 17th. He followed that up with fourteenth in Turkey, before a ninth place finish in Spain – ahead of team-mate Kamui Kobayashi in tenth – to take his first Formula One points.

          During the third part of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, Pérez lost control of his car upon exiting the circuit's tunnel section, swung to the right and crashed into the barrier, before sliding across the chicane and hitting the TecPro barrier with a heavy side impact. Pérez was seen holding his hands around his head in an attempt to protect it just before the final impact. The session was suspended, and marshals and medical personnel extricated Pérez from his car. A Sauber team spokesman confirmed that Pérez was conscious and able to talk after the accident, and had been taken to the circuit's medical centre. He suffered a sprained thigh and concussion, and did not take part in the race the following day, on medical grounds. After taking part in the first practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix, Pérez did not feel well enough and decided not to take any further part, and was replaced by Pedro de la Rosa.

          Pérez returned for the European Grand Prix and finished eleventh after attempting to run the race on a one-stop strategy. Pérez took a career best seventh at the British Grand Prix and eleventh in Germany. After a fifteenth place in Hungary, Pérez retired in Belgium with suspension failure. This was followed by a gearbox failure while running seventh in Italy, before he scored a point in Singapore after losing ninth place to Felipe Massa. In Japan he took eighth place, before a sixteenth place finish in Korea, tenth in India, and an eleventh place finish in Abu Dhabi. Pérez finished sixteenth in the Drivers' Championship with fourteen points.

          On 28 July, it was announced that Pérez would remain with Sauber into the 2012 season, alongside team-mate Kobayashi. On 13 September, Pérez tested for Ferrari as part of the Ferrari Driver Academy in a Ferrari F60, Ferrari's car from the 2009 season. Pérez conducted the test with fellow academy member Jules Bianchi.

          2012 season
          See also: 2012 Formula One season



          Pérez chasing Alonso for the lead of the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix, where he achieved his first podium in Formula One.
          Pérez started the season with eighth place at the Australian Grand Prix, losing several places on the final lap due to excessively-worn tyres. In the second round at Malaysia, he went on to battle with Fernando Alonso for the win. In the dying laps of the race he was able to close the gap to 0.5 seconds, but was not able to make the pass as he went wide at turn 14 and fell back, finishing 2.2 seconds behind Alonso in second. Many observers praised the performance of Pérez during the race despite his late-race error, taking Sauber's best result as an independent team. In China, Pérez qualified a career-best eighth, but finished the race in eleventh place after problems with pit strategy and also his car's clutch.

          He finished outside the points in the next three races – despite recording the fastest lap in Monaco – before Pérez achieved his second career podium at the Canadian Grand Prix, finishing the race in third place, having started fifteenth.



          Pérez on his way to third place in the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix, his second podium finish.
          In the European Grand Prix, Pérez qualified in fifteenth place, citing a handling imbalance and the car feeling "unpredictable" as reasons for the gap to Kobayashi in seventh. He improved to ninth place in the race, but raised poor qualifying form as an issue for the team. On lap 12 of the British Grand Prix, Pérez collided with Pastor Maldonado, forcing him to retire with broken suspension. He later criticised the Venezuelan, claiming "Everybody has concerns about him" before adding, "He is a driver who doesn't know that we are risking our lives and has no respect at all". Maldonado received a double penalty in the form of a reprimand and a €10,000 fine after the race. Pérez later added: "Just look at the last races. He ruined Hamilton's race (in Valencia), he ruined my race in Monaco by doing stupid things. I don't understand why the stewards don't take a serious decision with him. With Pastor they're not doing anything that will teach him a lesson."



          Pérez at the 2012 United States Grand Prix
          For the German Grand Prix, Pérez started in 17th position but was able to make his way through the field, and ultimately finished the race in 6th place. At the Belgian Grand Prix, Pérez made it into Q3 and qualified fifth fastest. A penalty for Maldonado subsequently promoted Pérez to a career-best fourth on the grid. In the race, Pérez was forced to retire in the first turn of the first lap after Romain Grosjean caused a spectacular accident. Grosjean crashed his car into Lewis Hamilton creating a domino effect which involved five cars. Also involved in the accident were, the championship leader Fernando Alonso and Pérez's team-mate Kamui Kobayashi.

          Pérez took his third podium at the Italian Grand Prix. On Saturday, he failed to qualify for Q3, and was twelfth on the grid. On Sunday, he put in a storming drive to climb through the field to second place, passing on track, among others, Kimi Räikkönen, Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa and Alonso. Unlike most of the drivers in the field, Pérez started the race on hard tyres and changed to the medium tyres on lap 29, allowing him to lead the Grand Prix for five laps. As a result, Pérez and his car's outstanding tyre management got him well into the points, and ultimately, to a podium finish. Ultimately, Pérez finished the season in tenth place in the Drivers' Championship with 66 points, 6 more than team-mate Kobayashi.

          McLaren (2013)

          2013 season
          See also: 2013 Formula One season



          Pérez in the MP4-28 during winter tests at Jerez, in 2013
          On 28 September 2012, Lewis Hamilton's decision to leave McLaren for Mercedes in 2013 was announced, and Pérez was subsequently confirmed as Hamilton's replacement. He also replaced Hamilton in McLaren's cartoon Tooned.

          In the season-opening race in Australia, Pérez qualified 15th and finished in 11th position, later describing the weekend as "difficult" for himself and the team as a whole. Pérez started the Malaysian Grand Prix from ninth on the grid, and finished the race in the same position, scoring his first points for McLaren. Pérez also achieved the fastest lap of the race, having pitted for fresh tyres.

          In the Bahrain GP, he started 12th on the grid and finishing 6th ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso (8th) and his teammate Jenson Button (10th), with whom he had a fierce duel in which they touched on a couple of occasions, increasing the competition between drivers in McLaren on the following races.

          After the Bahrain Grand Prix, Jenson Button was quoted with the following on Pérez's driving style:


          I've raced with many team-mates over the years and with quite an aggressive team-mate in Lewis, but I'm not used to driving down the straight and then my team-mate coming along and wiggling his wheels at me and banging wheels with me at 300km/h. I've had some tough fights in F1 but not quite as dirty as that. That's something you do in karting and normally you grow out of it but that's obviously not the case with Checo [Pérez]. Soon something serious will happen so he has to calm down. He's extremely quick and he did a great job today but some of it is unnecessary and an issue when you are doing those speeds.
          —Jenson Button speaking to ESPN about Perez after the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix



          Pérez at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.
          At the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix Pérez performed several aggressive overtaking moves, before retiring after colliding with Kimi Räikkönen. Following the incident Räikkönen said that Pérez should be "punched in the face". Pérez recorded a season-best fifth place finish in India, finishing four seconds shy of the podium, a result that left him "extremely satisfied".

          Pérez confirmed on 13 November 2013 that he would be leaving McLaren at the end of the season to be replaced by Kevin Magnussen. On 12 December 2013 (exactly a month after it was announced he would leave McLaren), Force India confirmed Pérez would join Nico Hülkenberg in their driver line-up for 2014 in a 15 million Euro deal.

          Force India (2014)




          Pérez at the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix. Pérez achieved his first podium finish since the 2012 season, with a third place in the race.
          On 12 December 2013, Pérez had his drive for Force India in 2014 confirmed. In the Australian Grand Prix, he finished 11th but was moved up to 10th to get his first point for Force India due to Daniel Ricciardo being disqualified for breaching fuel limits. He failed to start the Malaysian Grand Prix, after his car encountered gearbox issues prior to the start of the race. Nevertheless a week later in the Bahrain Grand Prix, he was able to score Force India's first podium since 2009, holding off Ricciardo's Red Bull for a third place finish. At the Chinese Grand Prix, Pérez started 16th and after gaining four places at the start, was able to overtake both McLarens and Daniil Kvyat's Toro Rosso to finish 9th. Outqualifying his teammate for a second time, Pérez started in tenth position for the Monaco Grand Prix however a first lap collision with Jenson Button meant an early retirement for the first time in the season. At the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix, Pérez was again fighting for another podium finish until the car suffered braking issues, later resulting in losing the third place position to both Red Bulls. On the last lap he was involved in a collision with Felipe Massa, who crashed into the back of his Force India sending both cars heavily into the barriers. Pérez was subsequently given a five-place grid penalty for the next race, as the stewards decided he changed his racing line, causing Massa to crash into him. At the Austrian Grand Prix, Pérez set his third fastest lap of his career whilst also giving Force India their third fastest lap in their history.

          Helmet

          Perez's helmet design is based on a Mexican flag. It changes every season.

          Racing record

          Career summary

          SeasonSeriesTeam NameRacesWinsPolesF/LapsPodiumsPointsPosition
          2004Skip Barber National ChampionshipTelmex Racing1400 – –7711th
          2005Formula BMW ADACTeam Rosberg1900013714th
          2006Formula BMW ADACADAC Berlin-Brandenburg1800021126th
          2006–07A1 Grand PrixA1 Team Mexico2000035†10th†
          2007British Formula Three – National ClassT-Sport2114140193761st
          2008British Formula ThreeT-Sport2240171954th
          2008–09GP2 Asia SeriesCampos Grand Prix112013267th
          2009GP2 SeriesArden International2000122212th
          2009–10GP2 Asia SeriesBarwa Addax Team40000515th
          2010GP2 SeriesBarwa Addax Team205157712nd
          2011Formula OneSauber F1 Team1900001416th
          2012Formula OneSauber F1 Team2000136610th
          2013Formula OneVodafone McLaren Mercedes1900104911th
          2014Formula OneSahara Force India Formula One Team8001128*11th*
          † Includes points scored by other drivers.

          * Season in progress.

          Complete A1 Grand Prix results

          (key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
          YearEntrant12345678910111213141516171819202122DCPoints
          2006–07A1 Team MexicoNED


          SPR
          NED


          FEA
          CZE


          SPR
          CZE


          FEA
          CHN


          SPR
          CHN


          FEA
          MYS


          SPR
          MYS


          FEA
          IDN


          SPR
          IDN


          FEA
          NZL


          SPR


          PO
          NZL


          FEA


          PO
          AUS


          SPR


          PO
          AUS


          FEA


          PO
          RSA


          SPR
          RSA


          FEA
          MEX


          SPR


          PO
          MEX


          FEA


          PO
          CHN


          SPR


          15
          CHN


          FEA


          Ret
          GBR


          SPR
          GBR


          SPR
          10th35

          Complete GP2 Series results

          (key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
          YearEntrant1234567891011121314151617181920DCPoints
          2009Arden InternationalESP


          FEA


          14
          ESP


          SPR


          17
          MON


          FEA


          12
          MON


          SPR


          9
          TUR


          FEA


          Ret
          TUR


          SPR


          16
          GBR


          FEA


          4
          GBR


          SPR


          6
          GER


          FEA


          8
          GER


          SPR


          20
          HUN


          FEA


          Ret
          HUN


          SPR


          16
          VAL


          FEA


          3
          VAL


          SPR


          2
          BEL


          FEA


          Ret
          BEL


          SPR


          4
          ITA


          FEA


          Ret
          ITA


          SPR


          Ret
          POR


          FEA


          Ret
          POR


          SPR


          11
          12th22
          2010Barwa Addax TeamESP


          FEA


          4
          ESP


          SPR


          Ret
          MON


          FEA


          1
          MON


          SPR


          6
          TUR


          FEA


          DSQ
          TUR


          SPR


          7
          VAL


          FEA


          11
          VAL


          SPR


          16
          GBR


          FEA


          5
          GBR


          SPR


          1
          GER


          FEA


          2
          GER


          SPR


          1
          HUN


          FEA


          3
          HUN


          SPR


          Ret
          BEL


          FEA


          7
          BEL


          SPR


          1
          ITA


          FEA


          Ret
          ITA


          SPR


          13
          ABU


          FEA


          1
          ABU


          SPR


          Ret
          2nd71
          Complete GP2 Asia Series results
          (key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
          YearEntrant123456789101112DCPoints
          2008–09Campos Grand PrixCHN


          FEA


          Ret
          CHN


          SPR


          7
          DUB


          FEA


          6
          DUB


          SPR


          C
          BHR1


          FEA


          8
          BHR1


          SPR


          1
          QAT


          FEA


          2
          QAT


          SPR


          1
          MYS


          FEA


          Ret
          MYS


          SPR


          6
          BHR2


          FEA


          12
          BHR2


          SPR


          9
          7th26
          2009–10Barwa Addax TeamABU1


          FEA
          ABU1


          SPR
          ABU2


          FEA


          12
          ABU2


          SPR


          4
          BHR1


          FEA


          7
          BHR1


          SPR


          17
          BHR2


          FEA
          BHR2


          SPR
          15th5

          Complete Formula One results

          (key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
          YearEntrantChassisEngine1234567891011121314151617181920WDCPoints
          2011Sauber F1 TeamSauber C30Ferrari 056 2.4 V8AUS


          DSQ
          MAL


          Ret
          CHN


          17
          TUR


          14
          ESP


          9
          MON


          DNS
          CAN


          PO
          EUR


          11
          GBR


          7
          GER


          11
          HUN


          15
          BEL


          Ret
          ITA


          Ret
          SIN


          10
          JPN


          8
          KOR


          16
          IND


          10
          ABU


          11
          BRA


          13
          16th14
          2012Sauber F1 TeamSauber C31Ferrari 056 2.4 V8AUS


          8
          MAL


          2
          CHN


          11
          BHR


          11
          ESP


          Ret
          MON


          11
          CAN


          3
          EUR


          9
          GBR


          Ret
          GER


          6
          HUN


          14
          BEL


          Ret
          ITA


          2
          SIN


          10
          JPN


          Ret
          KOR


          11
          IND


          Ret
          ABU


          15
          USA


          11
          BRA


          Ret
          10th66
          2013Vodafone McLaren MercedesMcLaren MP4-28Mercedes FO 108Z 2.4 V8AUS


          11
          MAL


          9
          CHN


          11
          BHR


          6
          ESP


          9
          MON


          16†
          CAN


          11
          GBR


          20†
          GER


          8
          HUN


          9
          BEL


          11
          ITA


          12
          SIN


          8
          KOR


          10
          JPN


          15
          IND


          5
          ABU


          9
          USA


          7
          BRA


          6
          11th49
          2014Sahara Force India F1 TeamForce India VJM07Mercedes PU106A Hybrid 1.6 V6 tAUS


          10
          MAL


          DNS
          BHR


          3
          CHN


          9
          ESP


          9
          MON


          Ret
          CAN


          11†
          AUT


          6
          GBR
          GER
          HUN
          BEL
          ITA
          SIN
          JPN
          RUS
          USA
          BRA
          ABU
          11th*28*
          † Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed >90% of the race distance.

          * Season in progress.

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