- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Guadalajara, Mexico
One of the purest talents in the sport, Sergio Perez Mendoza is the fifth Mexican to graduate to Formula One and, after serving a solid apprenticeship with Sauber, McLaren and Force India, appears poised to find a front-running seat in the near future.
That looked likely for long periods of 2016 when he was linked strongly with a move to Ferrari, but in the end remained with the Silverstone-based outfit, albeit with a new team-mate this season.
A dramatic third-place finish in Russia gave the Mexican and his team their only podium in 2015, when he delivered a consistent level of performance and suffered just one retirement. He improved on that last season with third-placed podium finishes on the streets of Monaco and Baku to finish seventh in the drivers’ standings, the best placing of his career.
After six seasons, he is seen as experienced – yes, but not old. Perez turned 27 in January, but having made his racing debut in 2011, aged only 21, he has learned much in his spells with Sauber (2011-12, McLaren 2013 and Force India 2014-16).
The sensitivity in his driving, particularly with tyres and tyre-wear, has been widely praised and seen by many observers as the key to his best results. In an era of fragile tyres, he has been able to make the most of it.
Perez’s success has heralded the return of his nation as hosts to the much-enjoyed Mexican Grand Prix, for the first time since 1992. He enjoys a good personal relationship with Carlos Slim Domit, the chairman of Telmex, who has used much of his wealth to support Mexican racing drivers.