Sergio Perez is a born warrior in the Latin country of Mexico. Perez is also known as the “Mexican Minister of Defense” in Formula 1 world. Sergio was born on 26th January 1990. Sergio Perez’s image in Formula 1 is two-fold. On one hand, he is known for his tacky moves and never giving up approach, as we’ve seen a few times, him making his way to the top of pack after starting from the bottom of the pack. Checo never fails to surprise it’s fans.
On the other hand, Sergio Perez is a buttery driver and the guru of grasping extra points. Sergio Perez is master of handling his tyres efficiently, which gives him an advantage over his rivals. Currently driving for Red Bull Racing, Sergio Perez has also driven for Sauber, McLaren, Force India and Racing Point in the past.
Perez has always been known for his smart decisions, sportsmanship and as a team player.
He is presently a Red Bull Racing driver. At the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, he won his maiden Formula 1 race, shattering the previous mark of 190 starts prior to a victory. At the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2022, he also won his first Formula 1 pole position, shattering the previous mark of 215 races before a maiden pole position. Perez is under contract with Red Bull Racing through the 2024 racing season.
Junior Racing Career
In 1996, Perez started his career at the age of six. He won four matches in the junior division in his debut season of play, finishing second. He competed in the 1997 karting Youth Class, where he finished fourth overall despite being the youngest driver in the division.
He made a comeback in 1998 to participate in the junior division, where he had eight victories. At the conclusion of the season, he became the category’s youngest champion. Additionally, he competed in Master Kadets and several Shifter 125 cc races.
He competed in the 80 cc Shifter division in 1999, earning three victories and coming in third place overall.
He competed in three Shifter 125 cc races that were held as part of the Telmex Challenge in 2000, as well as the Shifter 80 cc Championship.
With six victories in 2002, Pérez placed second nationally in the Shifter 125 cc division and competed in the Shifter 80 cc world championship in Las Vegas, where he qualified sixth and came in eleventh.
He was in the lead in both championships in the 125 cc class in 2003, but he withdrew from the final seven races, which hurt his chances of winning the championship. In the Telmex Challenge, he came in third, nonetheless. He was also given permission to participate in the Easy Kart 125 Shootout that year. There, he faced off against drivers from all over the world and, despite being the youngest competitor in the event, managed to qualify first and ultimately win the race.
Perez 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.
In order to race in the German Formula BMW ADAC championship, Perez relocated to Europe in 2005. For four months, he was permitted to reside in the restaurant managed by his team manager. Driving for 4speed Media, he came in fourteenth place overall in the competition and advanced to sixth place the following year.
A1 Grand Prix
In the 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix, Perez took part in a single round of the championship for A1 Mexico Team. He was the third youngest driver to take part in the series
For 2007, Perez changed to the British Formula 3 Championship. He participated in the National Class and won the competition handily. He achieved this by winning two-thirds of the races and a comparable percentage of the pole positions.
He advanced to the championship’s top International Class for 2008, when he was one of the few racers using a Mugen Honda engine. Early in the season, he held the championship lead, but ultimately came in fourth place among drivers.
In the GP2 Asia Series from 2008 to 2009, Perez was a driver for the Campos Grand Prix team. Since 1990, no Mexican driver had previously competed at this level of motorsport. He started from pole position and went on to win his first GP2 Asia Series race in Sakhir. At Losail, in the sprint race of the night meeting in Qatar, he added a second victory. P7 is where it ends.
He changed teams for the 2009 GP2 Series and moved to Arden International. Perez placed 12th overall, with a best performance of second coming at Valencia. Prior to racing with the team in the 2010 main series, he participated in two rounds of the 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series. He placed second in the standings after winning five races.
Formula 1 career
Sauber (2011 - 2012)
2011, Sauber announced that Perez would join the team in 2011. He became the fifth Mexican to compete in Formula 1. Perez experienced the worst Formula 1 one could ever expect. In the first race, the team was disqualified due to technical infringement and retired in Malay GP due to electrical issues. He also suffered a DNS in Monaco GP.
It was revealed on July 28 that Pérez would continue to race for Sauber in 2012. He received just 14 points, placing him in P16.
2011, Sergio Perez was able to perform better. In 2011, he was able to manage three podiums, including two second place finishes at Malaysian and Italian GP and third place finish at Canadian GP. Perez ended his season at P10 with 66 points.
2013, Lewis Hamilton revealed in 2012 that he would go from McLaren to Mercedes in 2013, and Perez was then named as Hamilton’s replacement. As a result, Perez was expelled from Ferrari’s driving academy, ending his affiliation with the company.
Due to his lack of podium finishes throughout his time with McLaren, Sergio Perez had a challenging season. His highest performance was eighth in India. He came in at P11 overall.
On November 13, 2013, Perez announced that he will be departing McLaren at the conclusion of the current campaign and would be succeeded by Kevin Magnussen. Force India announced that Pérez would team up with Nico Hülkenberg on December 12th, 2013.
Force India (2014 - 2018)
2014, He came in 11th at the Australian Grand Prix, however Daniel Ricciardo‘s disqualification allowed him to move up to 10th and earn his first point for Force India. He was able to secure Force India’s first podium since 2009 in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Pérez set the third fastest lap of his career and Force India’s third fastest lap in history in the Austrian Grand Prix. He winded up his season at P10.
Perez would remain with Force India for the 2015 season, the team announced on November 7, 2014. At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Pérez signed a new two-year contract that will keep him with the team through the conclusion of the 2016 season, making the agreement formally official.
2015, was comparatively better season with Force India as he finished with more points at P9 overall. he had only one podium at Russian GP at third place. He managed three further top-five finishes in Belgium, the US, and Abu Dhabi; he scored 63 of his 78 points in the final nine rounds. but importantly, he had only one retirement throughout the season at Hungarian Grand Prix.
2016, gradual progress cann be witnessed. Sergio Perez had a difficult start to 2016 season. He scored two third place finishes at Monaco and European GP with a tenth place finish at Canadian GP between them.
He Finished last ten races of the season within points and ended his season at P7 with 101 points.
2017, Perez stayed with the Indian Team for 2017 with new teammate Esteban Ocon. With a glorious start to the season, Sergio Perez finished wihin points in every race of the season except three (Monaco, Azerbaijan and Belgian Grand Prix). Rounding his season again at P7 with 100 points.
2018, Perez finished the first three races of the season outside the points. He then achieved his eighth career podium finish at the Azerbaijan GP. Midway through the season, Force India found them in Financial Trouble after which the team was taken over by Lawrence Stroll and renamed it as Racing Point Force India F1 Team.
Overall, he finished at P8 with just 62 points.
Racing Point (2019 - 2020)
2019, Lance Stroll, a former Williams driver, joined him on the squad. Perez fared much better in the second half of the season, comparable to last year. With the exception of a retirement due to an oil leak in Singapore, he finished in the points in every race after the summer break, including a strong sixth-place showing in Belgium, a seventh-place showing in Italy after starting 18th, an eighth-place showing in Japan after starting 17th, and a tenth-place showing in the United States after starting from the pit lane.
He finished the campaign at P10 of the standings with 52 points, easily surpassing colleague Stroll.
2020, Sergio Perez experienced the greatest season of his career as he finished within points in all the races of the season except Bahrain and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He experienced second place finish at Turkish GP. The podium was Hamilton, Pérez and Sebastian Vettel and had his first ever Formula 1 win at Sakhir Grand Prix. Pérez was hit by Leclerc on the opening lap, dropping from second to last and finishing in 18th. He took the lead on lap 64 and defeated Esteban Ocon and teammate Stroll to win the race.
He tested positive for the COVID-19-causing SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus three days before the British Grand Prix. He was unable to compete in the British Grand Prix as a result. Nico Hülkenberg temporarily took his place.
Perez finished his season at P4 with 125 points.
Red Bull (2021 - present)
2021, Perez competed for Red Bull Racing, taking Alex Albon’s place and teaming up with Max Verstappen.
Perez’s most famous 2021 defensive play against Hamilton in the season finale in Abu Dhabi was one of his best drive. This enabled his teammate Max Verstappen to close a seven-second deficit to Hamilton, which was essential to Verstappen’s championship victory.
With 1 victory and 5 podium finishes, Perez had 190 points at the end of the campaign. His P4 finish overall tied his greatest championship performance from 2020.
2022, Perez continued to work with Red Bull in 2022. He extended his Red Bull contract by two years in May 2022, making him eligible to compete for the team through the 2024 season. He broke the record for the most races before a first pole position at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which was his 215th race start in Formula 1.
He finished his season his career best of overall P3 with nine podiums and two wins at Monaco Grand Prix and Singapore Grand Prix.
Sergio is the youngest child of Antonio Pérez Garibay and Maril Mendoza de Pérez. He also has an older brother, Antonio, who is a former stock car racer who participated in the NASCAR Mexico Series, and an older sister, Paola. Perez and Carola Martnez are wed, and together they have three kids. Perez is a catholic.
The Perez brothers, who both support association football, have admitted that they had contemplated quitting auto racing to pursue a career in the sport. Javier Hernandez, a football player from Mexico, is pals with the brothers. Sergio stated that he wanted to be a lawyer instead of a driver in an interview on the official Formula One website in 2012.
Sergio Perez wife
Sergio Perez’s wife is Carola Martinez. The most recent child, Emilio, was born right before the 2022 Spanish GP. The couple has three children in total. Sergio Perez Jr. and Carlota Perez Martinez, the Mexican’s other two children, were born in 2017 and 2019, respectively. The couple wed in 2018, and they even had the Pope’s blessing when they first got hitched. Although Sergio Perez wife is believed to have been born on December 16, the birth year is still unknown. Lupita is the name of her elder sister. Carola hails from Guadalajara, like Perez. Also unknown is how the couple met because they insisted on living private lives in secrecy.
The exact age of Carola Martinez is still unknown. The Mexican woman was born on December 16th, so she is most likely in her mid-twenties. She has a height of 5 feet 4 inches.
Although her occupation is still unknown, it’s possible that the Mexican stays at home and cares for Sergio Perez’s kids while he travels the world competing in motorsports.
Her estimated net worth is $150,000, although her and her husband’s combined net worth is probably in the $40 million to $50 million range.
Sergio Perez net worth is valued at $30million and Sergio Perez salary is $10million per annum.
Perez unveiled the Checo Perez Foundation in November 2012 to aid orphans and kids with cancer. The head of the foundation was his sister Paola.