With second place in the Azerbaijan GP, ​​Checo Pérez reached 20 podiums in Formula 1

Sergio Pérez, Formula 1 driver. Photo: @SChecoPerez

The Mexican Sergio Perez continues to make history in Formula 1. With the second place achieved in the Grand Prix of Azerbaijanthe pilot reached the figure of 20 podiums throughout his career in the highest category of motorsport, ten of them during the last two seasons as a member of Red Bull Racing.

The present of Czech It is, without a doubt, the best moment of his professional career. In the 2022 season alone, with just eight dates on the calendar, he has obtained five podiums to equal the 2021 mark (already as part of the Austrian team). Namely, in the last two years he managed to make double what he obtained throughout his previous ten years.

The two dozen times that the Mexican was among the first three places, ten correspond to third places, seven to second places and three to races won. He got three podiums with Sauberfive with Sahara Force Indiatwo with Racing Pointand finally, ten with Red Bull Racing. The only team with which he left his mark at zero was with McLaren when he competed in 2013.

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Sergio “Checo” Pérez podium at the 2012 Malaysian GP, ​​the first of his career and the first Mexican in 40 years (Photo: EFE)

The most successful season

2022 is the year that is shaping up to be the best in Pérez’s career. Even with more than half of the calendar to be carried out, the Mexican has already tied his best podium record and his performance points to him achieving several more. Even the possibility of fighting for the Drivers’ World Championship remains a reality. With second place in Azerbaijan, Czech climbed to the sub-leadership of the classification, only behind his teammate and current world champion, Max Verstappen (129 points to 150).

Against all odds, the Mexican is shown as the main threat of the Dutch in his quest for the championship. The good pace of Pérez and the gradual drop in performance of the Ferrari drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, has the Red Bull drivers competing one on one every weekend more often. Even controversy has been generated by the team orders that have been given before the equality of the RB18 on the track.

During the actions on the track in Baku, the most recent example. When Verstappen and Pérez coincided, the Mexican’s engineer was heard to say “don’t fight”, followed by an effortless passing by the Dutchman. “I think it was the right decision for the team because at that time Max was a bit further ahead and it was a good result for the team. In this place, anything can happen,” he said. Czech about what happened.

Max Verstappen won the 2022 Azerbaijan GP, ​​Sergio Pérez and George Russell completed the podium.  Photo: REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Max Verstappen won the 2022 Azerbaijan GP, ​​Sergio Pérez and George Russell completed the podium. Photo: REUTERS/Murad Sezer (MURAD SEZER/)

The 20 podiums of ‘Checo’:

2012 Malaysian Grand Prix: Second place.

2012 Canadian Grand Prix: Third place.

2012 Italian Grand Prix: Second place.

2014 Bahrain Grand Prix: Third place.

2015 Russian Grand Prix: Third place.

2016 Monaco Grand Prix: Third place.

2016 European Grand Prix: Third place.

2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Third place.

2020 Turkish Grand Prix: 2nd place.

2020 Sakhir Grand Prix: first place.

Mexican Formula One driver Sergio Pérez, BWT Racing Point, celebrates after winning the Sakhir Grand Prix on December 6, 2020 at the Bahrain International Circuit near Manama, Bahrain.  EFE/Bryn Lennon POOL/File
Mexican Formula One driver Sergio Pérez, BWT Racing Point, celebrates after winning the Sakhir Grand Prix on December 6, 2020 at the Bahrain International Circuit near Manama, Bahrain. EFE/Bryn Lennon POOL/File (Bryn Lennon / Pool/)

2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix: first place.

2021 French Grand Prix: Third place.

2021 Turkish Grand Prix: Third place.

2021 United States Grand Prix: Third place.

2021 Mexican Grand Prix: third place.

2022 Australian Grand Prix: 2nd place.

2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix: Second place.

2022 Spanish Grand Prix: second place.

Monaco Grand Prix 2022: first place.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022: Second place.

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Source-www.infobae.com