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.
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.
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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Sergio Perez is looking forward to a great season with Red Bull
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.
“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.
Do you think Perez can impress Red Bull enough to extend his stay for more than a year and inch closer to his dream?