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1996Karting

Checo began his career in 1996 at the age of 6, when he began karting. During his first year of competition he achieved 4 victories in the Junior category.

1997Karting

In 1997, Pérez participated in the Youth class of karting, where he was the youngest driver in the category and earned a win, five podiums, and finished 4th in the championship.

1998Karting

During this year, he returned to compete in the Youth class where he had eight wins. At the end of the campaign he became the youngest driver to become champion of the Youth category.

He also participated in several races in Master Kadets where he had one podium finish.

1999Karting

He raced in the 80cc Shifter series where he racked up three wins and finished 3rd in the championship. He became the youngest driver to win a competition in the category after obtaining special permission from the Federation to participate in the 80cc Shifter series.

2000Karting

He raced in the Shifter 80cc Championship. He also participated in three races in the Shifter 125cc category of the Telmex Challenge.

2001Karting

In 2001, the young checo was not satisfied with the results and raced to achieve another championship; this time in the 125cc Shifter Regional and once again was the youngest driver to compete in the category.

2002Karting

With 6 wins in 2002, Pérez was named the national runner-up in the Shifter 125cc category, and participated in the global race Shifter 80cc, in Las Vegas, where he qualified fifth and finished in 11th place.

2003Karting

In 2003, Sergio was invited to attend the Easy Kart 125cc Shootout which included drivers from all around the world. He qualified in 1st place and eventually took the checkered flag as the youngest driver in the category.

2004Skip Barber

Checo decided to be professional racing driver. After a long time in karting, Checo decided to start his professional career. Checo competed in the United States-based Skip Barber National Championship in 2004.

After watching his brother Antonio in Formula Ford in England, he decided to begin the adventure of becoming a professional driver. He finished 11th in the championship driving for Escudería Telmex.

2005Formula BMW

The most difficult challenge. Sergio left home at age 14 for Germany to compete in Formula BMW. He decided not to come home until he was the champion of Formula 1. Pérez moved to Europe in 2005 to compete in the German Formula BMW ADAC series. Although things were easy in the beginning when he arrived in Europe, he learned first-hand how difficult it is to start a career so far from home.

Sergio did not speak German or have a place to live so he spent several months sleeping in a restaurant owned by the leader of the team “4 Speed Media”. Sergio was very homesick; he missed his family, his home, and his pets.

His thirst for victory kept him going though, within a barely competitive team he achieved the 2nd place of the podium during the first event of the campaign where he competed two races, in the second race he earned a win down the rain, to give to his team the best result of her own history.

2006Formula BMW

The most difficult challenge. Sergio left home at age 14 for Germany to compete in Formula BMW. He decided not to come home until he was the champion of Formula 1. Pérez moved to Europe in 2005 to compete in the German Formula BMW ADAC series. Although things were easy in the beginning when he arrived in Europe, he learned first-hand how difficult it is to start a career so far from home.

Sergio did not speak German or have a place to live so he spent several months sleeping in a restaurant owned by the leader of the team “4 Speed Media”. Sergio was very homesick; he missed his family, his home, and his pets.

His thirst for victory kept him going though, within a barely competitive team he achieved the 2nd place of the podium during the first event of the campaign where he competed two races, in the second race he earned a win down the rain, to give to his team the best result of her own history.

2007British Formula 3

Aimed to success. Perez became the youngest champion in British Formula 3. After his first year in Formula BMW Checo went to the city of Oxford and raced in the British F3. In F3 his career began to take off as he placed on the podium and won races, as well as set records along the way. Perez was able to overtake opponents in spectacular fashion.

He won the championship of the National Class imposing a new points record and also became the youngest driver to win a British Formula 3 championship at 17 years old. He finished his tremendous campaign with 14 victories, 19 podiums, 12 poles position and 12 fastest laps.

2008British F3 - GP2 Asia Series

He graduated in the National series and earned a spot in the Championship Class. During his time in this category he earned a stunning weekend win in both races at Monza. Starting in 14th place with a wet track, he achieved a podium which made motorsport history for Mexico.

Pérez drove for the Campos Grand Prix team in the 2008-09 GP2 Asia Series season where he partnered with Russian driver Vitaly Petrov. He is the first Mexican driver to compete at this level of motorsports. He won his first GP2 Asia Series race at Sakhir, winning the sprint race from the pole position.

2009GP2 - Arden

In 2009 he joined the GP2 series on the Arden team. At first he had many setbacks but he eventually was able to get 12th place in the championship with 22 points.

2010GP2 - Barwa Addax

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: Monaco,Silverstone, Hockenheim, Spa Francorchamps, and Abu Dhabi in just his second year in the category.

2011Formula 1 - Sauber

The dream continues. After the successful campaign in GP2, Sergio Perez was confirmed by the Sauber F1 team as official driver for the 2011 season. He fulfilled one of his dreams. Pérez is the fifth Mexican to compete in Formula 1 and the first since Hector Rebaque competed between 1977 and 1981. He became the leader of the Mexican motorsports by reaching the pinnacle series.

In Australia 2011, Checo passed the checkered flag in 7th place in his first race, impressing commentators by stopping to change tires just once. He was the only driver in the race to make fewer than two stops. However, both Sauber cars were subsequently disqualified after the race for infringing technical regulations.

In the Spanish Grand Prix 2011, Pérez collected his first classified points in 9th place, ahead of teammate Kamui Kobayashi in 10th. In 2011 Sergio scored valuable points in Silverstone, Singapore, Suzuka and India. He ended the season in 16th with 14 points, one of the best results for a rookie during that season.

2012Formula 1 - Sauber

The Rise of the new Mexican star. Pérez started the season with an 8th place at the Australian Grand Prix where he showed good form along with good tire management. Checo repeated the strategy used last year and he only pitted once. In the second round at Malaysia Sergio got his first podium in Formula 1. He battled with Fernando Alonso in the rain for the win, but he struggled in a curve and lost the gap with the Ferrari’s car.

He finished the race in 2nd place and he claimed Sauber’s best result as a team. Sergio Pérez’s 2nd place finish result was the best by a Mexican since Pedro Rodríguez came 2nd at Zandvoort in 1971. In Canada Pérez did a superb job at Gilles Villeneuve circuit. Checo completed an aggressive strategy which allowed him to pit only once and finish 3rd after starting 15th on the grid. This was another great achievement thanks to his impressing driving style.

He stepped up on the podium again and gave another podium to the Sauber Team on his first participation in the Canadian Grand Prix. Later in the season, Sergio made history at Italian Grand Prix where he featured one of the most amazing races of the year. In a thrilling race in front of all of the Ferrari fans, Checo maintained a pace that allowed him to get over Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa to finish 2nd in the race, getting like this his third podium of the year. This is one of his most unforgettable races of his whole career.

2013Formula 1 - McLaren

On September 28th, 2012, Sergio Perez was announced as McLaren driver for the 2013 season to substitute Lewis Hamilton. Despite being his debut season with the British team, Pérez aims to win the 2013 championship. Unfortunately the McLaren MP4-28 wasn’t competitive enough to fight for podium positions.

This was evident from the very first races of the season and it never improved. His best result was a 5th place at the Indian Grand Prix. On November 13th, 2013, Pérez confirmed that he would be leaving McLaren at the end of the season.

2014Formula 1 - Force India

On December 12, 2013 Force India announced Perez as their driver for the 2014 season. In the Australian Grand Prix, Sergio got his first point of the season. He finished 11th but was moved up to 10th due to Daniel Ricciardo being disqualified for breaching fuel limits. He failed to start the Malaysian Grand Prix, after his car encountered gearbox issues prior to the start of the race. Nevertheless, a week later in the Bahrain Grand Prix, he was able to score Force India's first podium since 2009, holding off Ricciardo's Red Bull for a third-place finish.

At the Austrian Grand Prix, Pérez set his third fastest lap of his career whilst also giving Force India their third fastest lap in their history. During the second half of the season Perez finished seventh in Italy, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, and eight in Belgium. Sergio finished the season in the top ten of the driver’s championship. On November 7, 2014 was confirmed that Checo will continue in Force India one more year.

2015Formula 1 - Force India

At the beginning of the season, the new VJM08 seemed to have the same performance as his predecessor, but as the season advanced both drivers of the team struggled to have good results. Checo finished ahead of his teammate in the first races, but then the table turned around in favor of Hülkenberg.

His best race of the season was in Russia, where he scored his first podium of 2015 and Force India's 3rd ever. Pérez finished the 2015 championship in 9th, his highest championship position to date, with 78 points. He outscored teammate Hülkenberg by 20 points.

Besides the podium finish in Russia, Pérez managed three further top five finishes in Belgium, USA and Abu Dhabi; he scored 63 of his 78 points in the final nine rounds. In the second half of the season he out qualified his teammate in six of the last nine races, and eight times throughout the season.

2016Formula 1 - Force India

On September 25, 2015 before the Japanese Grand Prix, Checo Pérez was confirmed to continue in Force India for the 2016 F1 season with Nico Hülkenberg as his teammate for third consecutive year. For this season the team created the VJM09. A stellar drive in Monaco in wet and changing conditions saw him score his sixth (and Force India's fourth) podium finish and he moved to 9th in the Drivers' Championship standings.

As usual with his podiums, tyre management played a big role but in contrast to previous occasions he pitted as many times as Ferrari and Red Bull, at times catching up with the front runners and managing to hold Sebastian Vettel in 4th at a comfortable distance. In the European Grand Prix in Baku Pérez once again finished 3rd, recovering from a gearbox change penalty as a result of a crash during free practice, having been fast enough to qualify on the front row.

Despite having to start from 7th on the grid he made his way up to 4th before passing Kimi Räikkönen on the last lap of the race for 3rd, making it his second podium in three races. With this podium he even the legendary Pedro Rodríguez with seven podiums. Perez finished the season in 7th place of the drivers championship with 101 points and helped the team in great measure to finish in 4th place of the constructors championship, just behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

2017Formula 1 - Force India

After the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix, Pérez confirmed he has committed to Force India for the 2017 season. Pérez remained with the Indian team for a fourth consecutive season alongside new teammate Esteban Ocon, ending speculation of a possible move to Williams, Renault or Haas. He was very consistent with his highest finish in 2017 a 4th place in Spain.

Perez finished in the points in all the races except in three. Two of them because of contacts with his teammate and the other one because of a contact with Daniil Kvyat. He scored a total of 100 points in the season and finished the drivers’ championship in 7th position, same as the season before.

2018Formula 1 - Force India

After scoring career best seasons in 2016 and 2017, Sergio Perez faces the 2018 season as one of the most consistent and effective drivers on the grid. Checo embraces the challenges of his fifth season with Force India with the goal of remaining as the “best of the rest” and in the fourth race of the season he took the podium in the Azerbaijan GP, finishing 3rd in Baku.

It was the eighth podium in the Checo's career and became the Mexican with the most podiums in the history of F1.

CHECO PÉREZ

Career Path and Biography