A happy late 30th birthday to Mexican Formula One driver Sergio Peréz! Hard to believe the Racing Point driver "Checo" is already 30! Feels like yesterday the then 21-year old Pérez bursted onto the Fomula One scene back with midfield staple Sauber. The next year in 2012, his sophomore season, then labeled "the Mexican Wunderkind", further demonstrated his immense talent by scoring 3 podiums, his first in Malaysia. After narrowly losing out to 2-time champion Fernando Alonso for a 2nd place. Pérez would then score to more podiums, a 3rd in Canada and another 2nd in Monza. Finishing 10th in the points, Pérez would the leave Sauber and the Ferrari Driver Academy to replace the Mercedes-bound Lewis Hamilton at McLaren in 2013. Instead of enjoying a fruitful season at the F1 legend and multiple championship winning team, Pérez and McLaren would go on to suffer a sever lackluster 2013 campaign. Lack of performance, run-ins with his veteran teammate, 2009 champ Jenson Button, and frankly poor management by McLaren, would see Pérez cut by the Woking team, after just one year. Pérez's saved his career after joining Indian Sahara Force India. There from 2014-2018 Pérez would take the fight to midfield and the top teams, scoring a total of 5 more podiums. Including maybe his best race, a 3rd at Monaco, and a career best 7th-place finish in the pints standings in 2016 and 2017. Known as the "best of the rest". After Force India's collapse and administration, the team would be bought and rebranded as Racing Point for 2019, with Pérez signing a new deal to keep him behind the wheel through 2022. With 8 podiums, 4 fastest laps, 581 points in 176 starts, Pérez goes into his 10th F1 season in 2020. He has and continues to carry his team and the banner for North Amercan racing!
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