'It has been a very hard year': Sergio 'Checo' Pérez, world runner-up
The Mexican Sergio 'Checo' Pérez (Red Bull) This Sunday he managed to secure the runner-up position in the Formula 1 world championship thanks to his third place in the Las Vegas race.
The pilot from Guadalajara thus adds 273 points for the 232 of the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). Thus, with 26 at stake, Pérez achieved second position in a classification dominated with an iron fist by his teammate, the Dutchman Max Verstappen, with 549.
A fight between teammates that remained alive during the first five races of the year. Two victories for Pérez and another two for Verstappen, until in Miami he signed a spectacular comeback from which 'Checo' did not recover.
Nine consecutive victories for 'Max', determined world champion and rumors about the continuity of the Mexican on the other side of the garage despite having one more year on his contract with Red Bull. A few months that Pérez himself described as “hard” after achieving runners-up status.
“It has been a very hard year. More than anything, stay focused on what we had to do. At Red Bull there is too much external noise that sometimes makes it very difficult to focus. There is media pressure that no team has,” he said on DAZN after the race in Las Vegas.
“Beyond that, our crisis was real. After Barcelona I found myself with the most dominant car in history, but with set-up difficulties and mistrust grew on our side. The key to our season was staying focused on our work,” he added.
A Pérez who, away from the noise, signs his best classification in the drivers' world championship in his thirteenth season in F1, surpassing the third place in which it finished last season.
The Mexican landed in F1 in 2011 and has driven for the Sauber, McLaren, Force India, Racing Point and Red Bull teams; totaling 260 Grand Prix, with 35 podiums and six victories.
Sergio Pérez's classification in the drivers' championship in his thirteen seasons.
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