Is Sergio Perez the First Mexican F1 Driver?

Published 11/01/2021, 6:58 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez acknowledges the fans after finishing the race in third place REUTERS/Umit Bektas


Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsports, and generally, most of the drivers who feature on the grid are from European countries. However, talent comes from all across the world, and in 2021 that is Mexico’s, Sergio Perez.

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But many wonder within the F1 community, is Perez the first Mexican driver to feature on the grid? The answer is not, there have been five drivers that have graced the world of F1.

Who were the other Mexican drivers before Sergio Perez?

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Perez is undoubtedly one of the best drivers on the Formula One grid. Hence, many wonders who were the other drivers that represented Mexico on the illustrious stage of F1.

There were five drivers who hailed from Mexico that drove in F1. Hector Rebacque competed in the 1980 and 1981 with the Parmalat Racing team. Other drivers included the Rodriguez brothers, Pedro and Ricardo. Both of them drove for the iconic Italian team, Ferrari but first it was Ricardo, and later Pedro followed in his footsteps.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during a press conference after finishing the United States Grand Prix in third place FIA/Handout via 

Moises Solana was another driver that hailed from Mexico and competed in F1. He drove for the iconic BRM team, and even got a chance to race in his country but sadly suffered a DNF.

Esteban Manuel Gutiérrez Gutiérrez was another Mexican on the F1 grid and had a permeant seat in F1 until the 2016 season. However, he is currently the reserve and development driver for the Mercedes F1 team.

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Who won the last Mexican Grand Prix?

In the 2019 season, it was Lewis Hamilton who claimed victory at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. Now after being absent from last year’s calendar due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mexican GP is back.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 22, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in the garage during practice REUTERS/Mike Blake

The Mexican GP will have happened this coming weekend from the 5th till the 7th of November. With Perez being behind the wheel of the powerful Red Bull, do you think the Mexican will claim victory on his home soil? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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