Proud Perez lives a dream and makes history for Mexico

30/5/2022 7:08:00 AM

Proud Perez lives a dream and makes history for Mexico

Proud Perez lives a dream and makes history for Mexico

MONACO : Sergio Perez celebrated a dream Monaco Grand Prix win on Sunday and made history as Mexico's all-time most successful Formula One driver.The 32-year-old now has three career victories, one more than the late Pedro Rodriguez managed in the 1960s and 70s, but the latest success was his first in Eur

LinkedIn MONACO : Sergio Perez celebrated a dream Monaco Grand Prix win on Sunday and made history as Mexico's all-time most successful Formula One driver.LinkedIn MONTE CARLO: Charles Leclerc topped the times to take pole position for Ferrari at his home Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday (May 28) after Red Bull's Sergio Perez crashed on his final flying lap in a dramatic qualifying session.MONACO : Red Bull's Sergio Perez lapped fastest in final practice for the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday with Ferrari's home favourite Charles Leclerc second on the timesheets.LinkedIn MONTE CARLO: A disappointed Sergio Perez said he was"just a passenger" as he crashed in his Red Bull car in final qualifying at the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday (May 28).

The 32-year-old now has three career victories, one more than the late Pedro Rodriguez managed in the 1960s and 70s, but the latest success was his first in Europe and at one of the sport's historic circuits.Perez's previous two wins were in Azerbaijan, with Red Bull last year, and in Bahrain in 2020 with Aston Martin's predecessors Racing Point.Perez, who was unhurt after slamming sideways into the barriers at Portier, finished up third on the grid ahead of his Red Bull team-mate world champion and series leader Max Verstappen.The Mexican was also the first Mexican to conquer the streets of Monaco, one of the races every driver yearns to win, and first Latin American driver since Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya in 2003.476 seconds was 0."Winning Monaco is a dream come true as a driver," he said.Leclerc clocked a best lap in one minute and 11."When you come to Formula One and when you come to Monaco and drive it for the first time you always dream about one day winning the race." Perez was dicing with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc for fastest lap and pole position.

"It's just incredible, such a big day for myself.Source: AFP/gr.Verstappen leads Leclerc by six points after six races, with the Ferrari driver seeking to become the first Monegasque to score points at home since Louis Chiron finished third in 1950.I was driving with Pedro Rodriguez's helmet today and I'm sure that up there he will be super proud of what we have achieved in this sport." Mexico has only ever had six Formula One drivers and Perez and Rodriguez are the sole winners.Perez started third on the grid, behind the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, but a strategic masterstroke on the pitstops and a bit of"tyre whispering" made the difference.Aston Martin's Lance Stroll hit the wall after bouncing off a kerb.Nothing can ever be taken for granted in Monaco, where going a few millimetres too wide can spell disaster on the metal-fenced track, but Perez made no mistakes as he was hustled through the closing laps by Sainz."I was trying that when the yellow flags came out and I had to back off and then the traffic jam because the track was blocked - for the second time in two years.

He had crashed in Saturday qualifying at the end of the session, but Formula One fortunes can change quickly."I'm a big fan of my sport," said Perez."So, certainly knowing what it means to win a race like this.I mean, they're all very important, but certainly this is very special.And it goes very, very high in the list for my country." Red Bull team boss Christian Horner agreed that Leclerc was too quick for his drivers.

"I'm the only Mexican, or even Latin American, driver on the grid," he added."So, it just shows how difficult it is for us...to make it into the sport and to have a successful career in this sport." Source: AFP.

It is quite hard, but I have to say I'm extremely proud of it." Source: Reuters.

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