Checo Perez once again dresses up as a hero. The Mexican Driver Won The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, His Fifth Win In Formula 1, Thanks To A Dream Weekend pole position, keep Fernando Alonso at bay and eventually overtake two-time champion Max Verstappen. Perez has sent a message to Red Bull that he too knows what it means to win. In addition, the one from Guadalajara has established itself, at the moment, as a luxury specialist in road tracks such as Azerbaijan, Monaco and Singapore. “The team was working very hard during the weekend, we had a lot of mechanical problems. We will continue to move forward, we were the fastest car on the track”, said Pérez. The podium was completed by Verstappen and George Russell, who replaced Alonso, who was penalized at the last minute.
The weekend was filled with joy by Pérez entering the first three positions with the best times. Much to the delight of the Mexican, he put the best lap in qualifying, helped by the misfortune of Verstappen, who got stuck in third gear and his car gave no more. Perez lined up to start first for Red Bull this Sunday pole position, on the track of Jeddah. It was the second time he had qualified in Formula 1 in 13 years, in fact, the first at the same circuit the previous year. The start was a test of survival against the reborn Fernando Alonso and George Russell. The Mexican had a bad start and gave way to the aggressive Alonso. However, the Spaniard committed an early infringement by being badly positioned, earning him a five-second waiting time penalty when he went to the garage. It was a relief for Checo Perez who was behind.
On lap four, Slims’ dear retook the lead from Alonso. From this point, the mission for the Red Bull driver was to open up a gap with Aston Martin. Behind Perez was the two-time Formula 1 champion, a guy who retired in 2019 and came out of retirement two years later. While the Mexican survived and survived, Verstappen overtook rivals like there was no tomorrow from fifteenth place.
The play started on the 18th. The Aston Martin of Lance Stroll had to stop on track due to brake problems. it triggered there to be a safety car, Pérez changed tires like Alonso and Verstappen, so it was a restart of the race, a fresh start. There Checo Pérez defended himself better than Alonso, to clear himself of more than three seconds from the Spaniard and record the fastest laps. Right in the middle of the race, Verstappen climbed to second, which opened a wound at Red Bull: let their two drivers compete? Give Verstappen a free pass despite Pérez’s great weekend?
The Mexicans and the Dutch set out to race to the border. If the first broke the lap record, the second would take it away from him. Pérez was forced to maintain a gap of five seconds. Verstappen complained that he heard a strange sound in the car when it was going at full speed. The two-time champion’s caution was no exaggeration as Red Bull trailed him in qualifying on Saturday. The man from Guadalajara also told his engineer, Hugh Bird, that he had problems with the brakes. The Mexican, afterwards, was said to be maintaining a lower pace than Verstappen. Via radio, Pérez repeated the decision until they let him go free. Pérez held his teammate’s advantage by more than six seconds. Checo Perez didn’t mind getting the win from the zero minute.
28 podiums and five wins for Checo Perez in Formula 1
Sergio Pérez, statistically the best Mexican driver in history, reached his twenty-eighth podium in Formula 1. He celebrates five victories: Shakhir 2020, Baku in 2021, Monaco and Singapore in 2022 and Saudi Arabia 2023). In addition to 11 second places (Malaysia and Italy in 2012, Turkey in 2020, Australia, Imola, Spain, Baku, Great Britain, Belgium and Japan in 2022, as well as a second place in Bahrain in 2023) and 12 third places (Canada, ) 2012; Bahrain, in 2014; Russia, in 2015, Monaco and Baku in 2016 and 2018, France, Turkey, the United States, Mexico City in 2021 and 2022, and Abu Dhabi in 2022).
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