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.