Amid Turbulent F1 Future, Sergio Perez Admits He’s at Peace with Himself after Sakhir GP Win

Published 12/08/2020, 5:04 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


If no team were to offer Sergio Perez a seat for next season, the Abu Dhabi GP would be Perez’s last race of the season; or potentially, his Formula 1 career. This realization dawned upon all F1 fans as he crossed the finish line and won the Sakhir GP.

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His performances in the last few races have highlighted his true ability and character. This is exactly the reason it is still a mystery how such a capable driver is still without a seat for the next year.

However, the Mexican driver is unfazed by the prospects of what might come in the future. In addition, he believes that since fate is not in his own hands, all he can do is continue delivering and pushing on the track.

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Sakhir GP winner Sergio Perez believes that ‘it is just the way Formula 1 is’

Perez is quoted as saying, “The regulations are going to change so much that, in a way, I don’t think it will hurt that much the driving side, to get up to speed.

“I’m at peace with myself. I think Esteban [Ocon has] mentioned that drivers like him missing out on seats, it’s just the way Formula 1 is.”

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

As has been in the news for some time now, Red Bull Racing represents the 30-year-old’s best opportunity for next season. If not that, Perez is equally ready to take a sabbatical in 2021 and then assess his options ahead of 2022.

“It can be really tough and not the best drivers are in Formula 1 unfortunately. So we keep pushing and we keep delivering and I think that’s the best way to do it,” concluded Perez.

Perez’s drive and grit showed why he deserves to stay in Formula 1

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It is almost unheard of to see an F1 driver climb up from being dead last on the grid to secure a race victory. Following damage on the first lap with Charles Leclerc, there was a sense that Perez had to satisfy himself with a decent points finish.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

One can argue that several factors paved the way for the Mexican’s victory at Sakhir. Then again, to be able to position oneself in the race and capitalize on those chances is also quite crucial.

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The ability to soak in the pressure and keep extracting performance is eventually what landed him the race victory. However, only time will tell if that is good enough for him to get an F1 seat.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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