MEXICAN MANIA: Sergio Perez’s Father Steals the Show in Emotional Scenes at Red Bull F1

Published 11/07/2021, 4:27 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Edgard Garrido


Despite the P3 finish, it was there were several reasons for Sergio Perez to celebrate a brilliant race in Mexico. Now having made history in his country, the fans went wild for their favorite driver. Yet over the deafening cries from the grandstand, there was one fan who stole the spotlight. Sergio Perez’s father was the happiest man in the Autodrom.

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With a wide, proud grin plastered across his face, Sergio Perez’s father, Antonio Perez, ran around parc ferme waving the Mercian flag. Truly a proud moment for Mr. Antonio as his son became the first Mexican driver to lead a home race; also the first to step on the podium at the Autodrom.

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As Checo made history, it was not before an aggressive charge against Lewis Hamilton. The two kept fans on their toes as the battle for P2 went down to the wire. And fans were happy about it! Although Checo missed out on the 1-2, the roars from the crowd were a good consolation.

As Checo awaits his celebrations with a good sip of tequila with his father, it will be hard-earned for the driver, who didn’t have a boring moment throughout the race. Along with Sergio Perez, his country celebrates with him.

A home race to remember for Sergio Perez

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Perez has had a brilliant day in Mexico today. A third consecutive podium, history-making milestones, and some very important points for the team. Barring the win in Bahrain, the first stint of the season was vanilla for the driver. Now in Mexico, the spice has certainly arrived, and on time.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during the race REUTERS/Andres Stapff

Now, with an undeniably powerful form, Sergio Perez is ready to push his Red Bull to the limit; as he did today. Perez’s second stint of the race was the perfect bombshell of pace and talent as he slowly crept on Lewis Hamilton. Towards the end, he was always close enough to attack, yet backmarker traffic hindered overtaking opportunities for the Mexican.

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Nonetheless, Perez goes home a happy Mexican. With the double podium finish, Red Bull is now achingly close to reaching the top of the constructor’s board. With Perez and his newfound energy, will Red Bull take the trophy at the end of Abu Dhabi?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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