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30 Things You Didn’t Know About Sergio Pérez

Sergio Pérez

Sergio Pérez was born on 26th January 1990 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and is a consummate race driver, husband, father, and gentleman.

Sergio Pérez started racing go-karts at 6 and has been involved in racing without a break since then. Along the way, he earned a BA in Political Science and M.S. Ed in Student Affairs Administration and Higher Education, marry, had children, and joined the fastest F1 team.

This article discusses more than 20 facts you may not know about Sergio Pérez.

1. Where Is Sergio Pérez From

Sergio was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, on 26 January 1990. Sergio is a committed Catholic.

2. Where Did Sergio Go To School?

Sergio Pérez has not ignored his studies and holds a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Loras College.

He also holds an M.S. Ed in Student Affairs Administration and Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.

In 2016 Sergio was nominated to receive the President’s Diversity Award at the California Polytechnic State University.

3. Sergio Pérez’s Dad

Sergio Perez's Parents

Sergio Pérez Father  is Antonio Pérez Garibay

4. Sergio Pérez’s Mum

Sergio Pérez mother  is Marilú Mendoza de Pérez

5. Sergio Pérez Siblings

Sergio Perez Siblings

Sergio is the youngest of three children, and he has an older sister named Paola Pérez and an older brother named Antonio Pérez.

Antonio was born on 20 March 1986 and is a retired racing driver, having participated in stock car racing driver and the NASCAR Mexico Series.

6. How Tall Is Sergio Pérez?

Sergio’s body statistics are listed below.

7. Sergio Pérez’s Wife

Carola Pérez
Carola Pérez

Sergio is married to Carola Pérez ne Martinez.

They got married in 2018, and the pope blessed their marriage.

Carola was also born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and is an active social media influencer (Link to Instagram page)

8. Sergio Pérez Children

Sergio and Carola Pérez have two children.

  1. Sergio Perez Jr was born on 21 December 2017.
  2. His daughter Carlota was born on 15 September 2019

9. Sergio Pérez Racing Career

Sergio has had an interesting motorsport career, where it is clear that he had his eye on Formula One from an early age.

Sergio’s Karting Career

Sergio karting
Sergio karting

Like all of the most successful F1 racing drivers, Sergio was very young when he started karting. He achieved four victories in his first year (1996) on the track.

In 1997 he was the youngest driver in the youth series and achieved the following.

  1. A win.
  2. Five podium finishes
  3. Fourth place in the championship.

In 1998 he achieved the following.

  1. Eight wins.
  2. He became the youngest driver in the class to become a champion.

In 1999, Sergio began racing in the 80 cc Shifter category and achieved the following.

  1. Three wins.
  2. Third place in the championship.

He continued in the 80 cc Shifter category in 2000 and raced in three events of the  Shifter 125 cc category.

The year 2000 also saw him participating in the “global race Shifter 80 cc” in Las Vegas. At age ten, Sergio qualified in fifth position and finished in 11th place.

The Skip Barber Series

Sergio racing in the Skip Barber

In 2004 when he was 14 years old, Sergio participated in the  United States-based Skip Barber National Championship.

BMW ADAC Series

In 2005 at age 15, Sergio moved to Europe and competed in the German Formula BMW ADAC series.

In 2006/2007, Sergio was the third youngest driver to ever participate in a single round of the A1 Grand Prix season.

Formula 3

Sergio Perez racing in Formula  3

In 2007 he joined the British Formula 3 Championship and won the championship by a comfortable margin.

In 2009 he joined the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series, where he was the first Mexican driver to participate. He won two races.

GP2 Series

He moved to team Arden International for the 2009 GP2 Series.

From 2009 to 2010, Sergio raced in  10 GP2 Asia Series races. At this time, he was driving for Barwa Addax.

He came first in five races and finished the season in second place.

Formula One

Sergio Perez racing for Sauber

Sergio’s focused drive toward F1 was finally finished when he joined Sauber for the 2011 season.

He was the fifth Mexican to race in Formula One, the other drivers being

DriverYears Raced
Sergio Pérez2011 –
Ricardo Rodríguez1961 – 1962
Moisés Solana1963 – 1968
Pedro Rodríguez1963 – 1971
Héctor Rebaque1977 – 1981
Esteban Gutiérrez2013 – 2014

Sergio joined McLaren for the 2013 season.

 He joined Force India for the 2014 to 2018 seasons.

He joined Racing Point for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

In 2021 he joined Red Bull as the number two driver with Max Verstappen.

10. Sergio Pérez Red Bull

Sergio Racing For Red bull

Sergio joined Red Bull in 2021 when he replaced Pierre Gasly. Following Daniel Riccardo’s move to Alpine in 2020, the number two driver at Red Bull went through a very difficult season.

Alex Albon replaced Daniel, only to be demoted to what was to eventually become the  Alpha Tauri team.

Pierre Gasly was moved to Red Bull and subsequently demoted again.

Sergio joined as a stabilizing presence.

Since joining Red Bull, he has achieved the following.

  1. Won four races.
  2. Achieved pole position once.
  3. Achieved 5 fastest laps scores
  4. 11 podiums
  5. Come in at a third place in the 2022 season.

It is difficult to not feel a little sorry for Sergio in his current position. Racing with Max Verstappen is not a team activity. Max does not extend any favors to Sergio and regularly drops hints about what he thinks of Sergio.

This was exacerbated in 2022 when Max refused to assist Sergio in achieving more points, even though Max had already won the championship. This resulted in Sergio falling behind Charles Leclerc and ending up in third place in the championship.

Since then, Max has made very pointed comments in the press stating that “second” drivers should be realistic and that they do not have the skill to compete against the number one.

11. Sergio Pérez Teams

Sergio has raced for the following teams.

  • Sergio joined Sauber for the 2011 – 2012 seasons.
  • Sergio joined McLaren for the 2013 season.
  • He joined Force India for the 2014 to 2018 seasons.
  • He joined Racing Point for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
  • In 2021 he joined Red Bull as the number two driver with Max Verstappen.

12. Sergio Pérez Race Wins

In 2004 Sergio achieved the following.

CategoryCareerF1
Number of races389389
Number of wins294
No pole positions161
No of the fastest laps179
No of podiums6726

13. Sergio Pérez And Max Verstappen

Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen
(Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Sergio may race for the fastest team; however, the downside is that his teammate is Max Verstappen.

Not only is Max a supremely qualified and skilled driver, but he is also single-mindedly focused on his own success.

Sergio is racing in a team of one with no support from the other driver. This must be off-putting to the Mexican, particularly as Daniel Riccardo has returned to the team as a test and “spare” driver.

Many think that if Sergio falters, Daniel will be waiting in the wings to fill the slot.

14. Sergio Pérez Number

Sergio races under the number 11.

Ivan Zamorano
Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport

Sergio’s second love is football. In fact, at one point, he thought of abandoning racing and switching to football. He is a besotted fan of former Real Madrid and Inter Milan football star Ivan Zamorano who wore the number 11 jersey.

This is the reason he races under the number 11.

 

15. Sergio Pérez Salary

Before incentives, Sergio’s salary is $10,000,000

16. Sergio Pérez Net Worth

It is thought that Sergio’s net worth is approximately $40 million.

17. Sergio Pérez Contract

Sergio is signed with the Milton Keynes-based Red bull until the end of 2024.

It is going to be an interesting time because it is rumored that Lewis Hamilton will finally retire ahead of the 2025 season. Fernando Alonso may also move on.

With Sergio coming to the end of his contract (which we guess may not be renewed), three leading teams will be trying to fill drivers’ spots.

If the rumors are correct, Lando Norris, Lance Stroll, Nyck de Vries (if he does well in his rookie year), and Oscar Piastri may be in contention.

Of course, if Sergio manages to pick up the pace in the two intervening years, his position will be safe.

18. Sergio Pérez Merchandise

Sergio’s merchandise can be found at the following Amazon link.

19. Sergio Pérez Wins

Sergio holds the record for the number of F1 starts before he won a race.

Since then, he has won four races.

20. Sergio Pérez Age

Sergio is 32.

21. Sergio Pérez Height

perez sergio

Sergio body stats are listed below.

  • Height – 5 ft 7 inches (1.73 meters)
  • Weight – 63 kg
  • Eye color – Black
  • Hair color – Black

22. Sergio Pérez Hat

Replicas of Sergio’s cap can be found at the following Amazon link.

23. Sergio Pérez Helmet

Sergio has worn a unique helmet since the Mexican grand Prix. The Mexican flag can be seen and includes more of the Latin country’s culture within the design.

The middle part is modeled on the mask of a Mexican wrestler, called a luchador.

Perez has jokingly said it is “the most Mexican helmet I have ever worn.”

24. Sergio Pérez Nickname (Checo)

In 2013 Sergio explained that In Mexico, everyone called Sergio is automatically given the nickname ‘Checo.’

25. Sergio Pérez Car

Sergio has an impressive personal car collection which includes the following vehicles.

Bugatti Chiron Sergio Perez
ManufacturerNew Price
ManufacturerNew Price
Bugatti Chiron$3 million
McLaren 720S$1 million
Mercedes-Benz AMG$790,000
Porsche Panamera$305,000
BMW X7$200,000

26. Sergio Pérez House

Sergio owns a house in Puerto Vallarta in front of the Pacific Ocean with magnificent ocean views.

27. Sergio Pérez And Tom Cruise

Sergio Perez Looks Like Tom Cruise

There is an ongoing joke that Sergio looks like Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise has played along and said that Sergio is more handsome than he is.

28. Where Does Sergio Pérez Live

Sergio continues to live in Mexico with his family.

29. Sergio Pérez’s Girlfriend

Sergio was married to his wife (Carola Pérez ne Martinez) on 3 June 2018 and has no girlfriend.

30.Sergio Pérez Website

Sergio’s official website can be found at https://checoperez.com/.

Conclusion

Sergio is an amazing F1 driver who is yet to succeed in the way he deserves.

References

2023 F1 Driver Line Up (f1worldwide.com)

Verstappen Vs. Perez (Number One vs Two) – F1Worldwide.com

Little Known Facts About Max Verstappen – F1Worldwide.com

 

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