F1: Proud Sergio Perez lives the dream and makes history for Mexico

Sergio Perez F1 Monaco Grand Prix

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 29, 2022 Red Bull Sergio Perez celebrates after winning the race REUTERS / Benoit Tessier

MONACO – Sergio Perez celebrated Sunday’s dream Monaco Grand Prix victory and made history as Mexico’s most successful Formula One driver of all time.

The 32-year-old now has three wins in his career, one led by the late Pedro Rodriguez in the 1960s and 70s, but the most recent success was his first in Europe and on the historic circuit of the sport.

Perez’s previous two wins were in Azerbaijan, last year with the Red Bull and in 2020 with Aston Martin’s predecessor Racing Point in Bahrain.

The Mexican was also the first Mexican to win on the streets of Monaco, one of the competitions every driver wants to win, and the first Latin American driver since Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya in 2003.

“Winning Monaco fulfilled a dream as a driver,” he said.

“When you come to Formula One and when you come to Monaco and run it for the first time, you always dream of winning a race one day.

“It simply came to our notice then. I was driving with Pedro Rodriguez’s helmet today and I am sure he will be very proud of what we have achieved in this game. “

Mexico had only six Formula One drivers and Perez and Rodriguez were the only winners.

Perez started third on the grid, behind Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sange’s Ferraris, but made a tactical masterstroke at the pit stop and made some “tire whispering” differences.

Never allowed in Monaco, where a few millimeters wide could cause a metal fenced track to collapse, but Perez made no mistake because he gave in to Sange’s closing lap.

He was devastated in Saturday’s qualifying at the end of the session, but the fate of Formula One could change quickly.

“I’m a big fan of my game,” Perez said. “So, make sure you know what it means to win a race like this. I mean, they’re all very important, but of course it’s very special. And it goes very, very high on the list for my country.

“I’m the only Mexican, even Latin American, driver on the grid,” he added.

“So, it shows how difficult it is for us to make it in that sport and build a successful career in this sport. It’s very difficult, but I must say I am very proud of it. “

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