Sergio Pérez Mendoza, also known as "Checo" Pérez, is a Mexican racing driver currently racing for Force India Mercedes Formula one team in the 2018 season. Pérez, who currently resides in Schindellegi, Switzerland, is the younger brother of former champion NASCAR Corona Series driver Antonio Pérez and is also a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy. He also took his first Formula One podium at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix, a drive which won him plaudits and fueled speculation of a move to Ferrari in the near future.
Early Racing Stages:
Perez’s racing career began at the age of 6 when he took four victories in the junior karting category. He moved into advance karting by 1999 and was scouted by Escuderia Telmex
In 2004, Checo competed in the Skip barber National Championship. He then moved to Europe to compete in the Formula BMW where he lived out of a restaurant owned by the Team manager as he didn't have a residence for about four months.
Perez moved to Oxford, Britain to his personal residence and competed in the Formula 3 Championship in 2007 and raced for T-Sport Team. He then moved to GP2 and drive for the Campos Grand Prix team in the 2008-09 Asia series and his teammate was Vitaly Petrov.
Arden International then signed Sergio to drive in their 2009 season and finished twelfth before heading into the GP2 Asia Series whilst driving for Barwa Addax where he won five races and finished second behind Pastor Maldonado.
In 2011, Sauber announced the entry of Sergio Perez into their Formula One team as a replacement of Nick Heidfeld and they also announced a partnership with Perez’s sponsor Telmex. Checo finished in sixteenth place in the drivers championship that year. He remained with Sauber for the 2012 with teammate Kamui Kobayashi. Ferrari Driver Academy then signed Sergio to test cars for them and he made his first test in the 2009 car with Late Jules Bianchi who was also a part of the FDA.
2012 Proved a successful season not only for the Mexican but also for Sauber as an independent team with almost 4 podium finishes and finished 10th in the drivers championship. It was unfortunately Sergio’s last season with Sauber before moving to Mclaren for the 2013 season as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton who moved to Mercedes.
Sergio had a bitter sweet season at Mclaren as he scored points but also lost a lot of points and positions before he decided to leave the team at the end of the season and being replaced by Kevin Magnussen. Force India then announced that Perez would race along Nico Hulkenberg.
He currently is the only driver who has finished twice on the podium at the Baku Street Circuit.