‘F**k the Rest’ – Sergio Perez Offers Insight Into His Preparations for an F1 Race Weekend

Published 04/21/2021, 5:45 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after qualifying in P2 REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


A race weekend can prove to be very hectic for F1 drivers. There’s a lot of media activities going around that can take sometimes take their focus away from the actual competition on the track. Not to forget their constant battles with jet lag, because of their traveling routines.

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Their travel routines are particularly an interesting topic. Drivers are on the road for a large part of the year, now more than ever with a record 23-race F1 calendar. So, they need to make sure they carry all the items they need to make them feel comfortable.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after qualifying in P2 REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

Some drivers like Lewis Hamilton travel with their gaming consoles and music recording kits. Perez, on the other hand, is easygoing in that department. He is not superstitious and only carries the bare essentials with him.

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“When going away to a race all I take is my passport and my phone. I used to have a trainer who used to say: ‘wallet, phone, passport, and f**k the rest.’ As long as I have that, I’m fine,” Perez revealed.

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But Sergio Perez can’t even take care of his bare essentials!

During the winter break, Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner invited Perez over to his house in England for a dinner. While the rendezvous went well, the Mexican forgot the most essential item that an average person could be carrying – a money holder.

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He revealed, “I had a meeting with Christian and pretty much straight after I flew back to Mexico. A few days later Christian phoned me to let me know I’d left my wallet behind and I still hadn’t realised.

However, as Perez revealed, there was a bright side to it, “But it was good, because I wasn’t going to see him for a while, so I wasn’t going to spend any money – so that worked pretty well!”

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Hopefully, the new Red Bull recruit got his wallet back from his boss. Or maybe who knows, perhaps, Horner too set up a podium bet with Perez – grab a Podium and get your wallet back! Well, if that were the case, Perez need not worry too much about his spending habits as of now.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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