“So, got any solid plans for 2013, Sergio?”
Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali
congratulates/consoles Perez in Sepang.
Mexico hasn’t had a Formula 1 driver to
cheer for since Hector Rebaque in the late
1970s and early ’80s. Hector’s seen here
leading Brabham teammate Nelson Piquet
(something he didn’t do much of) in 1980.
Born Jan. 26,1990
19 Formula 1 starts
• 1 F1 Grand Prix
• 2010 GP2 Series
(BELO W), 5 wins,
2nd in championship
• 2008 British
Formula 3, 4 wins
• 2007 British F3
National class, 14
wins, class champion
After earning his
racing spurs in
Barber National in
2004, Perez made
his way to Europe,
advancing to GP2.
Runner-up to Pastor
Maldonado in 2010,
he earned a call-up
to Sauber, where he
impressed with his
ability to make his
tires last – a golden
ticket in modern F1.
LEADING FROM BEHIND
Sergio Perez stokes F1’s flames on several levels with a breakthrough performance
Sometimes a near-miss can count as
highly as a hit. Such was the case for
Sergio Perez after the young Mexican’s
spectacular run for Sauber in the
Malaysian Grand Prix nearly stole the
thunder from Fernando Alonso and his
suddenly, improbably reinvigorated World
But conspiracy theorists were quick to suggest another “call” was more significant, after his team was monitored urging him to be careful as he closed on Alonso – who was driving for the company that supplies Sauber with its engines, and which counts Perez among members of its young driver academy. That call came just before the Sauber
driver lost control riding up a wet curb and
ran wide, effectively ending his challenge.
But team boss Peter Sauber said there
was a more prosaic explanation.
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racing’s glass ceiling for smaller
independent teams like Sauber.
“I lost control of the car and lost the
fight for the victory. Even so, it has been a
great day for the team,” he declared.
“They called me at the right time.”
He was referring to the team’s pit stop
tactics, which were especially crucial
given the changeable wet/dry conditions.
NO CONSPIRACY REQUIRED
“We needed the result, not the
position, so there was some
misunderstanding,” Sauber explained.
“Behind us, our competitors – all the