This weekend’s Russian Grand Prix will see Sergio Perez enter his 100th race weekend in Formula One. Here is a look at the numbers which make up his magic formula.
Perez is currently competing in his sixth season of Formula One. Making his debut in 2011, the Mexican driver moved up from GP2 after he finished a personal best second in the championship. He started his Formula One career with Sauber.
Over the course of his career, Perez has driven with three teams in Formula One. As previously mentioned he started off with Sauber – also signing for the Ferrari Driver Academy. After two seasons with Sauber he moved to McLaren for a season before moving to Force India for 2014 where he has remained since.
3 Fastest Laps
Perez has had a fastest lap for each of his three teams. His first came at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix for Sauber. The second was at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix for McLaren with the third coming at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix for Force India.
The Mexican driver has stood on the podium five times so far in his Formula One career. His first podium was at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix where he impressed to finish second for Sauber. He followed that up with a third in Canada that same year. It was a hat-trick of podiums in 2012 for Perez when he also finished the Italian Grand Prix in second place. He has finished third twice while driving for Force India – once in Bahrain and also at last year’s Russian Grand Prix.
57% points finish rate
Of the 82 times he has had a classified finish in Formula One, 47 of those have been in the points. That gives him a points finish rate of 57%. Despite entering his 100th Grand Prix this weekend, he has only had 96 race starts giving him a classified finishing rate of 85%.
12 points finishes
The most points finishes Perez has had in one season is 12. This happened in 2014 – his first season driving for Force India. He failed to start the race in Malaysia giving him 18 race starts for that season. His best finish was third in Bahrain.
5 consecutive points finishes
Perez’s biggest string of points finishes in a row is 5. This again was in 2014 when he finished Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Japan, and Russia in the points before retiring in Austin.
His best finish in the Formula One World Championship was ninth place, where he finished last season. His average championship position is 11th but he currently lies 15th in this year’s championship.
So 6 seasons + 3 teams + 3 fastest laps + 5 podiums + 57% points finishes rate + 12 points finishes + 5 consecutive points finishes + 9th place = 100 GP.