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Sergio Pérez Mendoza (born January 26, 1990 in Guadalajara), is currently a driver for Force India alongside Esteban Ocon. Pérez was one of four drivers who débuted in 2011 for Sauber, with the others being Pastor Maldonado, Paul di Resta and Jérôme d'Ambrosio. He is the first Mexican driver in Formula One in 30 years since Héctor Rebaque in 1981. He scored his first podium at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix, after fighting for the lead with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, being the first Mexican to do so in more than 40 years.

Pérez drove for McLaren in 2013, and was dropped from the team at the end of year. He joined the Force India team for the following season, and currently drives the No. 11 car.

Formula One CareerEdit

2011Edit

In October 2010, it was announced that Pérez would drive for the Sauber team in 2011 alongside Kamui Kobayashi. In his first race, in Australia, he finished seventh, stopping for tyres only once. Unfortunately, he and his team-mate, who finished one place behind, were disqualified due to a rear wing infringement, which meant that Pérez would become one of the very few drivers to be disqualified from their first Formula One race, along with Robert Kubica, Martin Brundle, Eppie Wietzes and Stefan Bellof. It was also the first race disqualification since Lewis Hamilton at the same circuit in 2009.

In Malaysia, Pérez, whose dream season had been turned into a nightmare, was suffering even more when his car was struck by a piece of debris, damaging the Sauber and causing Pérez to retire. In China, he finished outside the points, in 17th, being penalized with a "drive through" and "stop and go". In Turkey, Pérez, who still had no points, finished again outside the points, in 14th. In Spain, Pérez scored his first points of the season, finishing 9th and scoring two points. However, this would have been eight points had the young Mexican not been disqualified in Australia. In Monaco, only 23 cars started as Pérez had suffered a terrible accident in the third qualifying session. Pérez had just exited the tunnel when his Sauber crashed into the barrier separating the track and escape road. He suffered a sprained thigh and concussion and was unable to start the race. In Canada, Pérez was replaced by ex-Sauber driver and current McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa, as Pérez was still feeling unwell after his Monaco accident. de la Rosa finished 12th in the race. At Valencia, Pérez recovered from his injuries and was well enough to race. He finished 11th, just outside the points.

2012Edit

Sauber C31

Perez driving the C31

2012 turned out to be Pérez's best season with Sauber, with three podiums, including a couple of second place finishes in Malaysia and Italy. He was the first Mexican on an F1 podium since Pedro Rodriguez in 1970, and his podium at Malaysia was Sauber's first podium since the 2003 United States Grand Prix, but also the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix if BMW Sauber counts.

In the former, he briefly led the race (laps 14-15 and 40-41) and lost out when he ran wide into the gravel, allowing Fernando Alonso to win. In the latter, he finished behind Lewis Hamilton's McLaren, and all three drivers on the podium were eliminated on the first lap of the previous round, the Belgian Grand Prix, thanks to Romain Grosjean's antics which earned him a ban from the Italian Grand Prix. Hamilton, Grosjean and Pérez also finished on the podium together in Canada.

2013Edit

Pérez moved to McLaren for 2013 after Hamilton departed to Mercedes to replace 7-time World Champion Michael Schumacher.

In a horrible season for McLaren, Pérez did not regain his winning form of 2012 and could not finish any higher than fifth, despite finishing every race of the season, while his more experienced team-mate Jenson Button finished fourth in the last race of the season in Brazil. Pérez and Button also starred in the McLaren-produced cartoon Tooned, focusing on the team's 50th anniversary.

Pérez was dropped from McLaren after only a single season for the British outfit, and replaced by Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen.

2014Edit

Pérez made his Force India debut in 2014, partnering Nico Hülkenberg, who returns to the team after a year off. The Mexican became the team's first non-European driver.

In the third race at Bahrain, he scored his first podium since 2012 and the team's second podium since the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix where Giancarlo Fisichella scored. He described the podium as a special podium.

Pérez was involved in a huge crash at Canada with Felipe Massa after a contact. He was deemed a 5-place grid penalty for his next race and the penalty was upheld by the Austrian stewards.

Pérez had another big crash at Hungary when he spun out at the final corner on lap 23. He later admitted that it was his fault that he crashed into the wall.

2015Edit

Pérez continued to drive for Force India in 2015, but the start to the season was not a successful start to him. He only finished tenth in Australia, and in the next few races, he could only manage to score further more points three times, with a best finish of seventh at Monaco.

As the VJM08 was upgraded to a B-spec car for the British Grand Prix, he started to impress the team with a few decent results and a third place at the Russian Grand Prix. He finished the 2015 season in 9th with 78 points, and ahead of his team-mate Nico Hülkenberg.

It was Pérez's best Formula One season to date.

2016Edit

The 2016 season for Pérez was not another good start in the first few races of the season, finishing outside of the points until he could manage a point in Russia, finishing ninth.

At the Monaco Grand Prix, he managed to finish on the podium ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, finishing third in the race. He also finished on the podium at Azerbaijan, overtaking Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen in Turn 1 at the final lap of the race.

At the Austrian Grand Prix, as he was running 10th in the final lap of the race, he missed out on points due to a brake failure which he ended up crashing out and hitting the barriers at turn 3.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
2010 Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber-Ferrari Test Driver
2011 Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber-Ferrari 14 16th Report
2012 Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber-Ferrari 66 10th Report
2013 United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes 49 11th Report
2014 India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India-Mercedes 59 10th Report
2015 India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India-Mercedes 78 9th Report
2016 India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India-Mercedes 101 7th Report
2017 India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India-Mercedes 68 7th Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Correct as of the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix qualifying

Entries 131
Starts 128
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 7
Fastest laps 4
Points 435
Laps Raced 6979
Distance Raced 35595 km
Races Led 4
Laps Led 23
Distance Led 115 km
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Pts Pos
2011 Flag of Bahrain Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Turkey Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Europe Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of South Korea Flag of India Flag of the United Arab Emirates Flag of Brazil 14 16th
C DSQ Ret 17th 14th 9th DNS
[1]
WD
[1]
11th 7th 11th 15th Ret Ret 10th 8th 16th 10th 11th 13th
2012 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Europe Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of South Korea Flag of India Flag of the United Arab Emirates Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil 66 10th
8th 2nd 11th 11th Ret 11th 3rd 9th Ret 6th 14th Ret 2nd 10th Ret 11th Ret 15th 11th Ret
2013 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of South Korea Flag of Japan Flag of India Flag of the United Arab Emirates Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil 49 11th
11th 9th 11th 6th 9th 16th 11th 20th 8th 9th 11th 12th 8th 10th 15th 5th 9th 7th 6th
2014 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of Bahrain Flag of China Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Austria Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of Russia Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of the United Arab Emirates 59 10th
10th DNS 3rd 9th 9th Ret 11th 6th 11th 10th Ret 8th 7th 7th 10th 10th Ret 15th 7th  
2015 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Austria Flag of Great Britain Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of Russia Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico Flag of Brazil Flag of the United Arab Emirates 78 9th
10th 13th 11th 8th 13th 7th 11th 9th 9th Ret 5th 6th 7th 12th 3rd 5th 8th 12th 5th
2016 Flag of Australia Flag of Bahrain Flag of China Flag of Russia Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Europe Flag of Austria Flag of Great Britain Flag of Hungary Flag of Germany Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Malaysia Flag of Japan Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico Flag of Brazil Flag of the United Arab Emirates 101 7th
13th 16th 11th 9th 7th 3rd 10th 3rd 17th 6th 11th 10th 5th 8th 8th 6th 7th 8th 10th 4th 8th
2017 Flag of Australia Flag of China Flag of Bahrain Flag of Russia Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Azerbaijan Flag of Austria Flag of Great Britain Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Malaysia Flag of Japan Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico Flag of Brazil Flag of the United Arab Emirates 68 7th
7th 9th 7th 6th 4th 13th 5th Ret 7th 9th 8th 17th 9th 5th


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Perez was injured in Qualifying for the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix. At the following race in Canada, Perez withdrew following Free Practice as a result of his injuries. He returned for the 2011 European Grand Prix
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Teams Red Bull • McLaren • Ferrari • Mercedes • Renault • Williams • Force India • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Lotus • HRT • Virgin
Engines Renault • Mercedes • Ferrari • Cosworth
Race Drivers Vettel • 2 Webber • 3 Hamilton • 4 Button • 5 Alonso • 6 Massa • 7 Schumacher • 8 Rosberg • 9 Heidfeld • 9 Senna • 10 Petrov • 11 Barrichello • 12 Maldonado • 14 Sutil • 15 Di Resta • 16 Kobayashi • 17 Pérez • 17 De la Rosa • 18 Buemi • 19 Alguersuari • 20 Kovalainen • 21 Trulli • 21 Chandhok • 22 Karthikeyan • 22/23 Ricciardo • 23 Liuzzi • 24 Glock • 25 d'Ambrosio
Other Drivers Paffett • Fisichella • Bianchi • Gené • Davidson • Grosjean • Fauzy • Tung • Charouz • Bottas • Hülkenberg • Gutiérrez • Vergne • Razia • Valsecchi • Teixeira • Yamamoto • Wickens • Quaife-Hobbs
2012 Teams and Drivers
Teams Red Bull • McLaren • Ferrari • Mercedes • Lotus • Force India • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams • Caterham • HRT • Marussia
Engines Renault • Ferrari • Mercedes • Cosworth
Race Drivers Vettel • 2 Webber • 3 Button • 4 Hamilton • 5 Alonso • 6 Massa • 7 Schumacher • 8 Rosberg • 9 Räikkönen • 10 Grosjean • d'Ambrosio • 11 di Resta • 12 Hülkenberg • 14 Kobayashi • 15 Pérez • 16 Ricciardo • 17 Vergne • 18 Maldonado • 19 Senna • 20 Kovalainen • 21 Petrov • 22 de la Rosa • 23 Karthikeyan • 24 Glock • Pic
Other Drivers Buemi • Paffett • Turvey • Gené • Rigon • Fisichella • Bird • Hartley • Korjus • Bianchi • Daly • Guttiérrez • Bottas • Wolff • van der Garde • Rossi • González • Clos • Ma • Liuzzi • Chilton • de Villota
2013 Teams and Drivers
Teams Red Bull • Ferrari • McLaren • Lotus • Mercedes • Sauber • Force India • Williams • Toro Rosso • Caterham • Marussia
Engines Renault • Ferrari • Mercedes • Cosworth
Race Drivers Vettel • 2 Webber • 3 Alonso • 4 Massa • 5 Button • 6 Pérez • 7 Räikkönen • 7 Kovalainen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Rosberg • 10 Hamilton • 11 Hülkenberg • 12 Gutiérrez • 14 Di Resta • 15 Sutil • 16 Maldonado • 17 Bottas • 18 Vergne • 19 Ricciardo • 20 Pic • 21 Van der Garde • 22 Bianchi • 23 Chilton
Other Drivers Buemi • Félix da Costa • Sainz Jr. • Gené • De la Rosa • Rigon • Paffett • Turvey • Magnussen • d'Ambrosio • Prost • Valsecchi • Hartley • Bird • Frijns • Sato • Sirotkin • Rossiter • Calado • Wolff • Juncadella • Kyvat • Rossi • Ma • Stevens • Razia • González • Ellinas
2014 Teams and Drivers
Teams Caterham • Ferrari • Force India • Lotus • Marussia • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Mercedes • Renault
Drivers Vettel • 3 Ricciardo • 4 Chilton • 6 Rosberg • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 10 Kobayashi • 11 Pérez • 13 Maldonado • 14 Alonso • 17 Bianchi • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 21 Gutiérrez • 22 Button • 25 Vergne • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 44 Hamilton • 45 Lotterer • 46 Stevens • 77 Bottas • 99 Sutil
Other Drivers Buemi • De la Rosa • Félix da Costa • Frijns • Gené • Juncadella • Paffett • Rigon • Rossi • Sirotkin • Sørensen • Turvey • Van der Garde • Vandoorne • Wolff
2015 Teams and Drivers
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Lotus • Marussia • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault
Drivers Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 6 Rosberg • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 11 Pérez • 12 Nasr • 13 Maldonado • 14 Alonso • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 21 Gutiérrez • 22 Button • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 28 Stevens • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 53 Rossi • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas • 98 Merhi
Other Drivers Buemi • Celis • Daruvala • De la Rosa • Félix da Costa • Fong • Gasly • Gutiérrez • Jordá • King • Leimer • Lynn • Marciello • Palmer • Pic • Prost • Rigon • Sutil • Turvey • Vandoorne • Vergne • Wehrlein • Wolff
2016 Teams and Drivers
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Haas • Manor • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Renault • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • TAG Heuer
Drivers Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 6 Rosberg • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 11 Pérez • 12 Nasr • 14 Alonso • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 21 Gutiérrez • 22 Button • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 30 Palmer • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Vandoorne • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas • 88 Haryanto • 94 Wehrlein
Other Drivers Celis • di Resta • Fong • Fuoco • Gasly • Jordá • Kari • King • Leclerc • Lynn • Matsushita • Mazepin • Paffett • Rossi • Stroll • Turvey • Vandoorne • Vergne


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