- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Guadalajara, Mexico
A dramatic third-place finish in Russia gave the Mexican and his team their only podium last year when he delivered a consistent level of performance and suffered just one retirement. That solid showing ensured Perez and his German team-mate Nico Hulkenberg remain together this year in an unchanged, and experienced, line-up.
Experienced – yes, but not old. Perez turned 26 in January, but having made his racing debut in 2011, aged only 21, he has already clocked up five seasons in F1 with Sauber (2011-12, McLaren 2013 and Force India 2014-15).
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 was only the fifth Mexican to enter F1, but his 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.