On December 6, 2020, the Sakhir Grand Prix turned into a memorable event in the annals of Formula 1 and, particularly, for Mexico. That day, Mexican driver Sergio 'Checo' Perez clinched his first victory in the top category of motor racing. The circuit in Bahrain, included in the F1 calendar due to necessary changes amid the Covid-19 pandemic, was the backdrop for Perez's remarkable comeback. Then part of the Racing Point team, Perez remarkably recovered after an initial collision pushed him to the back of the grid. His tire management skills and tenacity on the track led him to advance position after position until he achieved victory. This triumph represented not just a personal achievement but also a moment of national pride, with the Mexican national anthem echoing in Bahrain.
Perez's Career-defining Race
The 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix was unique, with a special spectacle on the track and a historic result for Checo Perez. After a collision at the start of the race that pushed him to the back of the grid, Perez began a mission of recovery. His well-known tire management, a fierce battle to climb positions, and a demonstration of his ample talent in F1 allowed him to overtake competitors, one after another, until he crossed the checkered flag in first place. This victory allowed Perez and his country, Mexico, to celebrate another triumph in the top league of global motor racing.
A Turning Point in Perez's Career
Following the Sakhir Grand Prix, Perez's career took a significant turn. His performance was instrumental in his subsequent signing by the Red Bull team. Despite doubts at the end of 2020 about his continuation in Formula 1, a call from Red Bull's headquarters in Milton Keynes, England, secured his place in what would become his biggest challenge to date. Today, Perez is in his third year with Red Bull and has already claimed six victories in the top category. However, his most incredible win remains his first with Racing Point.
Perez's Historic Contributions to Mexican Motorsport
Sergio 'Checo' Perez has etched his name in golden letters in the history of Mexican motorsport and the national sport in general, thanks to his brilliant career in Formula 1. Perez is currently the runner-up in the world, another mark that no Mexican had achieved before him. Perez is considered the Mexican driver with the most wins in Formula 1, having so far accumulated six victories and 11 fastest laps that highlight his career. In addition to this, Perez added one more win to his record last weekend when he reached the runner-up position in the 2023 Formula 1 season.