|Team||Sahara Force India F1 Team|
|Date of Birth||26 Jan 1990|
|F1 Debut||Australia 2011 with Sauber Ferrari|
|F1 Team||Sauber, McLaren, Force India|
Pérez in Singapore:
2011 Sauber: qualified 11th, finished 10th
2012 Sauber: qualified 14th, finished 10th
2013 McLaren: qualified 14th, finished 8th
2014 Force India: qualified 15th, finished 7th
2015 Force India: qualified 13th, finished 7th
2016 Force India: qualified 10th, finished 8th
Return to form at Force India
Sergio Perez is a feisty racer; the Mexican exploding onto the scene with some brilliant and aggressive drives for Sauber in his debut season in 2011.
It followed a single-seater apprenticeship that involved Formula BMW, Formula 3 and the GP2 series. His first drive in F1 was impressive, as he finished seventh before his car was disqualified on technical grounds in the 2011 Australian Grand Prix. He was retained by Sauber for 2012 and endured highs of podiums in Malaysia – where he battled Fernando Alonso for the win – and Canada, but struggled for consistency.
A third podium followed in Italy and he later signed for McLaren for the following year. Unfortunately, it was a difficult season as the Mexican struggled with an uncompetitive car. A fifth-place finish in India was the highlight of 2013 and after being dropped by McLaren, he signed for Force India.
Perez performed strongly against his highly rated teammate Nico Hulkenberg in 2014 and beat him in the points standings in 2015, a feat he repeated in 2016. Perez also scored his sixth and seventh Formula One podium finishes when he finished third at last year’s Monaco and Baku races, and seems to be enjoying a career renaissance with Force India after his difficult single season with McLaren.
What is less well known about Perez is that he could easily have carved out a career as a professional footballer, about which he is equally passionate, and although the legal profession also tempted him, motor racing won out.