High expectations from the ‘Checo’ in Canada, racing there for the first time with Red Bull



GUILLERMO LAWYER GONZALEZ

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Mexican driver Sergio Pérez will compete for first time at the top of the Canadian Grand Prix of one red bull single seatersince in recent years the North American competition has not taken place due to the pandemic.

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“Checo” joined the Austrian team last year but the race did not take place at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, and he also did not take part in his last campaign with Racing Point in 2020 for the same reason as the virus that paralyzed the world.

So that the man from Guadalajara will have his first opportunity to compete on the track Canadian with the powerful Red Bull team, with whom he will look to maintain his good pace in the current Formula 1 campaign, where he is second in the drivers’ championship.

However, the task will not be easy for the Mexicanbecause beyond the absence for two years of the Canadian circuit in the F1 calendar, before the native of Jalisco was accompanied by great results in Montreal, except in 2012, where he signed, perhaps the one of his best races in the highest category of motorsport.

Pérez Mendoza began his adventure in 2011 with Sauber and in what would be his first experience in the Canadian GP, some physical problems prevented him from racing, in addition to the fact that a date before in Monaco he suffered a serious mishap. Spaniard Pedro Martínez came on for Sergio.

It was not until 2012 that “Checo” Pérez finally raced on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit and he did it in a beautiful way, a race. Starting in 15th position on the starting grid, he went against the current since since this competition the Mexican has given a lesson on saving tyres, which still characterizes him today.

In this competition still at Sauber, Sergio only needed one pit stop when the majority made it two and coupled with a few mistakes from Sebastian Vettel, then of Red Bull, and Spaniard Fernando Alonso, of Ferrari, the way was cleared for the man from Jalisco to step onto the podium behind the Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Frenchman Romain Grosjean (Renault). Vettel and Alonso finished fourth and fifth respectively.

After this excellent career, during which many mention was vital for McLaren to notice the MexicanCanada was practically a headache for Pérez Mendoza. In his first and only year with the British team in 2013, he finished eleventh, the same position he would repeat in his first two years with Force India.

Until 2016, Sergio Pérez was able to add units again with a tenth place after a great fight with Fernando Alonso, who finished in 11th place. The following year in 2017, the Mexican achieved a worthy fifth place, after starting in eighth place. square. In 2018 and 2019 he was out of the points zone again finishing 14th and 12th respectively.

It is expected that now with Red Bull the situation will change and “Checo” can again excel in the Canadian GP, the ninth meeting of the 2022 Formula 1 season. A podium will be at stake, to make it the sixth of the year for the Mexican and the fourth in a row. In addition, the energy drink team has not won at Gilles Villeneuve since Australian Daniel Ricciardo won in 2014.

Results of “Checo” Pérez at the Canadian Grand Prix:
Season / Result / Team
2011. Sauber did not participate
2012. Place 3 Sauber
2013. 11 McLaren Square
2014. Rank 11 Force India
2015. Rank 11 Force India
2016. Rank 10 Force India
2017. Rank 5 Force India
2018. Rank 14 Force India
2019. Position 12 Racing Point
2022. Post? Red Bull

The last five winners of the Canadian Grand Prix:
Season / Winner / Team
2015.Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2016.Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2017.Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2018. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
2019.Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

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