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Force India Confirm Perez

Sahara Force India have announced Sergio Perez as their second driver for the 2014 season and beyond.

The 23-year-old Mexican completes Sahara Force India’s 2014 line-up alongside Nico Hulkenberg and helps create one of the most exciting pairings on the grid.

The move means a whole new line up for the Silverstone team. Scottish driver Paul di Resta is now certain to join the Indy Car series in America, possibly taking his cousin Dario Franchitti’s seat at Gannasi. Whilst Adrian Sutil is looking to stay in the sport with another team, probably Sauber.

Perez and Mallya

Perez and Mallya

Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Sergio to the team. He brings a healthy mix of youth and experience, and I’ve been very impressed with his recent performances. He already has several podium finishes to his name and being chosen by McLaren last year was a clear indication that he is a driver to watch for the future. We also recognise Sergio’s incredible talent and we are proud to have him in our team. He clearly has great speed and plenty of fire in his belly. Our job is to make sure he settles in quickly by creating the right atmosphere so that he can realise his potential. By pairing Sergio alongside Nico, we enter the new season with an extremely competitive line-up, which will go toward helping us achieve our goals for the new season.”
Sergio Perez said: “It’s great to announce my new team as Sahara Force India. Coming here was always my first choice and I’m really happy everything has now been confirmed. I want to say thank you to Vijay and the whole team for giving me the opportunity. This is a young team with a lot of determination and they’ve produced competitive cars for the last few years. It’s all change for next season with the new regulations, but I already have a good feeling about 2014. My plan now is to visit the factory and get to know everyone in the team.”
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Perez’s coming of age

Sergio Perez faced stern criticism at the end of the Chinese Grand Prix from journalists, fans and his team bosses for his lack of “fight” when dicing with other drivers for position.

The young Mexican yielded position to several drivers with ease, and something that is unbefitting for a Mclaren driver to do. Quickly after the race was complete, Martin Whitmarsh took Sergio aside and told him to “toughen up”, the Team Principal said: “I think he’s been very polite so far this year; I think he needs to toughen up, I think he’s been generous in allowing people to get past him.”

In Bahrain the 23 year old Mexican talent repayed his boss handsomely with a storming drive from 12th on the grid to finish well above his team mate in 6th come race day. His duel with Jenson Button was controversial, despite earning plaudits from press and public alike. The two touched cars no more than five times during Sunday’s race, with Perez eventually blasting past his more experienced team mate.

Button battles Perez

Button battles Perez

Later in the race, Sergio came to battle with two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso, after making it past the Spaniard he remained ahead by placing his Mclaren on the racing line at Turn 4 and ruthlessly forcing Alonso wide off the circuit warranting a call of distress from Fernando to his team. On the final lap ‘Checo’ also made it past Red Bulls Mark Webber to claim 6th position.

If ever there was a time to respond, Sergio Perez mastered it perfectly stepping up to the plate come the race. He not only robustly held off drivers from overtaking him, but he went wheel-to-wheel with two megatrons of Formula One, the two adversaries he needed to overtake to prove is worth to the world, his World Champion team mate and the most fruitful and wisest driver Fernando Alonso.

He will now have to keep up this top form not just for the next race in Spain, but for the rest of his Mclaren career to prove his many doubters wrong and to assert his worthiness of a seat for the Woking based team.

Sergio Perez – Who is Ferrari’s next driver?

Not a lot is known about Sergio Perez. We all saw him come so close to whipping the win from Alonso at the Malaysian Grand Prix, but who is he and what has this kid done before?

He was born in 1990 in the city of Guadalajara in Mexico, a city twinned with Seville, Frankfurt and Milan. Milan is where the Italian Grand Prix is staged at the Monza circuit – the second home of Ferrari. He is also called ‘Checo’ by his friends and those closest to him.

He lives in Switzerland, close to the Sauber F1 team factory. His hobbies include: Karting, Football, Yoga, Gym and Golf. His favourite circuits are: Monaco, Monza and Spa.  His favourite food is: Tortas ahogadas (which is a popular dish in Guadalajara and consists of a sandwich ‘drowned’ in Chili) basically a Kebab.

The 22 year old started his racing career in German Formula BMW’s in 2005 and 2006. After a couple of medicore years, he moved to do British Formula Three in 2007 where he pretty much dominated, almost always on Pole Position and almost never off the podium. He wrapped up the championship with ease.

F3

In 2008, the next step was to continue in Formula Three but to also race in the GP2 Asia Series. He started the season well in F3, but began to fade as the season wore on, he finished 4th with four wins. In GP2, he was team mate with current Caterham driver, Vitaly Petrov. Sergio won races in Bahrain and Qatar and ended up 7th overall in the championship.

In 2009 he enters the full season of GP2 and finishes 12th in the standings. In 2010 he does another full year of GP2, wins  5 races, including Monaco, and finishes second in the championship, just behind Pastor Maldonado. At the end of the year he is announced as a Sauber F1 driver for 2011, followed by the announcement a couple of days later that he was joined up to the new Ferrari Driver Academy.

GP2

In 2011, Checo impresses many onlookers with some solid results and is re-announced as a Sauber driver for 2012. He is also provided with an opportunity to test a Ferrari as part of the Ferrari Driver Academy Scheme.

In 2012 as we all know, he took on Fernando Alonso for victory in the rain-soaked Malaysian Grand Prix and just narrowly missed out.

Perez tests a 2009 Ferrari

‘Checo’ has already proven that he is capable of driving at the highest level, and perhaps a better level than current Ferrari driver Felipe Massa. With him also being part of Ferrari’s Academy set-up, it is very likely that he will be the next Ferrari driver. The question now is when?

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Website: http://sergioperezf1.com/