Sergio Perez continues not to get the best out of his RB16B in qualifying as he was far from the leaders in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver qualified seventh, however, he will start from the sixth starting position due to Lewis Hamilton's penalty.
The track conditions at the start of qualifying were complicated due to the rain that occurred hours earlier. Several drivers went off the track without major repercussions. On the other hand, Sergio Perez, like the rest of the drivers, mounted the soft tire and started to set his fastest laps.
As time went on, conditions improved, as the rain forecast by the teams did not arrive. Sergio's times improved and he finally advanced in fifth place to Q2 with a time of 1.24.963 with new soft rubber.
Sergio Perez had a big scare at the start of Q2, as prior to his first fast lap he spun in turn 1; the Mexican driver was inches away from hitting the wall. Perez managed to turn the page quickly and continued to place in the first 10 places of the qualifying. The Mexican managed to get into Q3 in the sixth position by stopping the chronometer in 1.23.951 with the medium rubber.
For Q3 Sergio Perez went back to the red tire, a compound in which the Mexican driver didn't feel comfortable; warming up these tires took time. Finally, Sergio was unable to qualify in the top 5 as he finished seventh with a time of 1.23.706 which he managed to put in the last part of the session. Qualifying is still a pending account for Perez in his stay at Red Bull.
Sergio Perez and Red Bull prepare race show in Mexico City
The fact that the Mexico City Grand Prix has been delayed a week has not been all bad, because it will now allow Red Bull to hold one of its famous show runs in the streets of the country's capital as an event prior to the date of the Formula 1 calendar.
Through the publications of various sponsors, dynamics are being prepared to offer "passes" for the show run that Red Bull plans to hold on November 3, the Wednesday prior to the competition at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Although the event has yet to be confirmed, the venue appears to be in the center of the capital city, specifically the area known as the Monumento a la Revolución, where the cars will be lit up.
This would not be the first exhibition in the streets of Mexico by the Red Bull team. In 2007, Canadian Robert Wickens, at that time a protégé of the energy brand, made a run in Monterrey. In 2015, the same team took over Mexico City's Zócalo area for another exhibition. Mexico City has also hosted other exhibitions such as that of Renault in 2007, Ferrari in 2015 as well as other categories such as Formula E.
Although the dynamics of the exhibition have not been confirmed, for now, it is likely that Sergio Pérez will be present at the event that would feature a single-seater from previous years. The Mexican driver will perform a similar exhibition at the PNC Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on October 16, prior to the United States Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez finished last in an embarrassing Belgian GP
The second part of the Formula 1 season started badly for Sergio Perez. The driver from Guadalajara finished in the last position of the controversial Belgian GP, which gave half of the points. Perez, who was going to start seventh, crashed during the reconnaissance lap that relegated him to the end of the grid.
Rain was present at Spa-Francorchamps throughout the weekend and this Sunday was no exception. The track conditions were complicated for the drivers and when Sergio Perez went out on the track for the reconnaissance lap, to go to the starting grid, the Mexican driver had a spin in turn 6 which caused him to crash into the wall leaving serious damage to his car.
Moments later it was confirmed that the front suspension was too badly damaged, leaving Checo Perez out of the race. Perez's race engineer told him: "We are done, so turn off the engine". Initially, 'Checo' had been out of the race, however, the Belgian GP could not start at the agreed time due to heavy rain falling on the circuit. The drivers did reconnaissance laps behind the Safety Car, but conditions did not improve so the red flag was brought out.
This is the third consecutive race that Perez did not score points, as in England he finished in 16th place, in Hungary he abandoned due to the incident caused by Bottas, and finally, he left Belgium without points, so he continues in fifth place in the championship behind Valtteri and Lando Norris.
Sergio Perez, in pursuit of the Rodriguez brothers
During the 2020 season, Sergio Perez won the Sakhir Grand Prix and broke a 50-year period with no Mexican in the first place on a Formula 1 podium. The last one to achieve this was Pedro Rodriguez in 1970, during the Belgian Grand Prix.
In the sixties and seventies, the list of winners was more even. In the 1970 season, Mexico's Pedro Rodriguez was one of seven drivers to win a Grand Prix and the top winner was Germany's Jochen Rindt with five wins. The other first-place Pedro won was in 1968, and there were six pilots who won, being the British Jim Clark the most wins with four. These numbers contrast with the 2020 season, in which Lewis Hamilton won 11 of 17 awards and in which there were only five different winners.
The income between Pedro Rodriguez and Sergio Perez is different. The former was driven by the fortune of his father, businessman Pedro Rodriguez Quijada, and even with resources from Pemex, while Perez has been injected with resources from Carlos Slim and other private sector sponsors.
Pedro Rodríguez was part of the Ferrari team in the 1969 season, although he only raced five of the 13 awards. In the 1960s, Ferrari won two world championships for drivers. For its part, Red Bull has won four championships from 2010 to 2020 with driver Sebastian Vettel and is the last team to win before the seven consecutive Mercedes championships with Lewis Hamilton.
What others say about Sergio Perez
In an interview with La Razón, Nascar's champion driver, Ruben Rovelo, acknowledged that Mexico cannot be left without a Formula 1 driver and that Sergio Perez is the right one to represent the country in the mother competition of motor racing.
Sergio Perez finished the campaign in fourth place of drivers with 125 units, his best performance along with his career in the Grand Circuit, even though he could not participate in two Grand Prixs, since he was diagnosed with a coronavirus.
On his part Bobby Fernandez, champion five times in a row of the Copa Notiauto, assured that what "Checo"'Sergio Perez is doing in Formula 1 is to be proud as a nation, since he is placing the name of Mexico on top.
Staying in Formula 1 is becoming more and more complex. Results matter, but it is not everything. Hector Alonso Rebaque, former F1 driver, described in an interview with Infobae Mexico that in the motor racing category there are many interests, although a set of factors that define continuity, sponsorships play an important role.
Sergio signed a contract in 2019 for three years and the relationship ended due to a clause that could have been made valid by the team to terminate the relationship without any penalty. According to the head of the team, he declared for Auto Motor und Sport that the Mexican contribution in sponsorship, subtracting the driver's salary, amounted to USD 3 million. Meanwhile, according to data from Black Book Motorsport, the companies America Movil and Claro destined USD 132 million for sponsorship from 2011 to 2014.
He added that it is "a very difficult environment and we have to make way. It is a very hostile environment, for many reasons, there are many drivers who want to enter" and there are few places available. The following pilots were excluded for 2021: Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, and Romain Grosjean. While the continuity of Alex Albon and Sergio Perez is in doubt.
Biography of 'Checo' Sergio Perez
Sergio Michel Pérez Mendoza, or 'Checo Pérez', as he is popularly known. He has been a Formula, 1 racing driver, since 2014, but his love for racing started much earlier. Checo Perez' is a Mexican of pure stock. He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, on January 26, 1990. At the age of 31, he has achieved many achievements within the world of motorsports, one of which he entered at the age of six.
As a child, he already showed his talent for driving vehicles. At that age, he achieved four victories and a runner-up spot at the end of 1996. In 1997 he participated in the Youth Category, being the youngest driver and he got one victory, 5 podiums, and finished fourth in the championship.
The following year would be his first crowning. He competed again in that category and achieved 8 victories and at the end of the year, he became champion and the youngest pilot to achieve it. Also, he competed in a Master of Karting race in Kadets and triumphed in that event.
Six years later, in 2004, he competed in the Midwestern Championship, finishing in seventh place with 6 races to go. In addition, in the Formula Skip Barber Nacional, he was a pilot for Escuderia Telmex and became the youngest pilot in the history of the category to climb the podium and finish the season in eleventh place with a podium and 77 points. That season Sergio Perez was named Rookie of the Year at the age of 14.