In 2010 he got a place on the Barwa Addax team. The success came immediately in the form of poles and podiums, and he even began to fight for the 2010 championship with Pastor Maldonado. He also scored one of the most important achievements of motorsports for a Mexican, a podium at the Monaco street circuit. GP2 boosted his career and opened the doors to Formula 1. Checo finished GP2 as runner-up in 2010 with five victories in Monaco,Silverstone, Hockenheim, Spa Francorchamps, and Abu Dhabi in just his second year in the category.