“I go with pride” / Formula 1 SPEEDWEEK.COM

Sergio Pérez drives better than ever: After finishing 2nd in the Turkish GP, the 30-year-old Mexican is fourth in the World Championship. Nevertheless, he will probably remain without a racing cockpit for 2021. Pérez before the end: “I go with pride.”

Formula 1 is merciless: Sergio Pérez drives one great race after the other, crowned by a brilliant second place at the Istanbul Park Circuit, the Mexican is now fourth in the World Championship, but in all probability he will not contest any Grands Prix in 2021.

Formula 1 sports director Ross Brawn says clearly: “If a driver of the caliber Pérez no longer gets a regular seat, then it’s a shame.”

But at Racing Point, Sergio has become superfluous after Sebastian Vettel’s involvement, Haas wants to work with two young drivers and dare a new start, Red Bull Racing wants to give Alex Albon the chance to prove himself alongside Max Verstappen. The remaining doors are closed.

The 188-time GP participant Pérez is a realist: “My future is no longer in my hands. Right now I want to focus on showing the best season possible, I go with pride. If there is still an opportunity, I’m happy. If it doesn’t come, I’ll have to sit out for a year for better or for worse. “

The old boxer slogan “they never come back” also applies to many motorsport enthusiasts: It is difficult to work your way into Formula 1; it’s hard work to stay there for years, but it’s even harder to come back. Difficult but not impossible. Kimi Räikkönen returned, Fernando Alonso returned, Robert Kubica made the comeback, Esteban Ocon had to digest a year without a Grand Prix and is now in the Renault.

“I can be satisfied with my performance,” says Pérez, who has now stood on the podium nine times (see statistics below). Of course, things could have gone better, ideally I should have taken two podium positions in 2020 and scored more points. Missing two races because of Corona didn’t help. But my constancy can be seen. “

“Is it unfair if I don’t get a place in Formula 1? But sport has always been like that. I’m not complaining. I mean, I’ve been driving Formula 1 for ten years, that’s a privilege not many racing drivers get. I can say that I have mostly made the best of my options. I am at peace with myself. “

Sergio Pérez: His podium places

2012 with Sauber: Second in Malaysia and Italy, third in Canada
2014 with Force India: third in Bahrain
2015 with Force India: third in Russia
2016 with Force India: third in Monte Carlo and Baku
2018 with Force India: third in Azerbaijan
2020 with Racing Point: third in Turkey

Turkey GP, Istanbul

1. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, 1:42:19,313 h
2. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Racing Point, +31,633 sec
3. Sebastian Vettel (D), Ferrari, +31,960
4. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +33.858
5. Carlos Sainz (E), McLaren, +34,363
6. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, +44,873
7. Alex Albon (T), Red Bull Racing, +46,484
8. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +1: 01,259 min
9. Lance Stroll (CDN), Racing Point, +1:12,353
10. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Renault, +1: 35.460
11. Esteban Ocon (F), Renault, +1 Runde
12. Daniil Kvyat (RUS), AlphaTauri, +1 Runde
14. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +1 Runde
13. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Mercedes, +1 lap
15. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +1 round
16. George Russell (GB), Williams, +1 Runde
Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, assignment
Romain Grosjean (F), Haas, damage after collision with Latifi
Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, damage after collision with Grosjean
Antonio Giovinazzi (I), Alfa Romeo, Getriebedefekt

World Championship stand after 14 of 17 races

1. Hamilton 307 points
2. Bottas 197
3. Verstappen 170
4. Pérez 100
5. Leclerc 97
6. Ricciardo 96
7. Sainz 75
8. Norris 74
9. Albon 70
10. Gasly 63
11. Stroll 59
12. Ocon 40
13. Vettel 33
14. Kvyat 26
15. Nico Hülkenberg (D) 10
16. Räikkönen 4
17. Giovinazzi 4
18. Grosjean 2
19. Magnussen 1
20. Latifi 0
21. Russell 0

1. Mercedes 504
2. Red Bull Racing 240
3. Racing Point 154
4. McLaren 149
5. Renault 136
6. Ferrari 130
7. AlphaTauri 89
8. Alfa Romeo 8
9. Haas 3
10. Williams 0


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