‘It Was Very Lonely’ – Sergio Perez Reveals Nearly Quitting Racing for Good Before F1 Debut

Published 01/23/2021, 1:30 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


Towards the end of the 2020 season, Sergio Perez was without a seat in Formula 1. However, the Mexican stacked up some impressive races towards the second half of the season and landed himself a dream contract with Red Bull.

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In a recent interview, Perez looked back at the journey of this dream.

The Mexican took up karting because of his dad, who was also involved in motorsports. He also worked with Adrian Fernandez, a Mexican racing driver at a very young age. According to Sergio, those early years were tough and full of uncertainty.

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 27: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Force India talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 27, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

He said, “There were lots of points where I thought about quitting. I had left my whole childhood behind. My friends, my family and it was very different culturewise.

“Many times I thought Formula One was just too far and I should just go back home and have more of a normal life.

“Those two years in Germany were very hard from the emotional point of view. It was very lonely. I guess at that time it was the determination that kept me there – I believe that with determination and with passion you can achieve your goals.”

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Red Bull has long had an issue with their second driver. Now that Sergio Perez is driving for the Austrian team, he will be under pressure to perform and solve the problem they have been facing for so long. However, the Mexican understands that while the pressure is massive, this very well is his best opportunity to claiming a world title.

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

“It’s a fantastic brand,” Checo said. “Of all the teams in Formula One, I thought there was no chance for me to join it because I wasn’t part of the junior programme, but when the opportunity came I took it. It’s a dream come true.”

Perez is proud of how far he has come in the sport. A young kid from Guadalajara, now driving for one of the best Formula 1 teams. However, there is still a dream that Perez is yet to accomplish. He hopes to achieve that with Red Bull and stand atop the championship standings.

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Do you think Perez can impress Red Bull enough to extend his stay for more than a year and inch closer to his dream?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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