Motorsport Bookmakers Celebrate Sergio Perez Win
His has been a remarkable journey, and especially so when considering that only a year ago, he was looking for a job.
The 31-year-old made further history on Sunday when he became the first Mexican driver to lead at home before finishing third. And while the race was ultimately won by teammate Max Verstappen, the 138,435 fans cheering “Checo” on at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodrigues were undoubtedly there to support their home hero.
Making History At Home
Speaking on Sunday after chasing world champ Lewis Hamilton to the chequered flag finish, Perez said it had been a truly unbelievable day. Being able to stand on a podium at home is a very special achievement for any driver, said the Mexican.
He said while he “obviously” would have wanted more from the race in terms of a better finish, Sunday had been a day when even a third-place finish had to be celebrated – and especially because of the fans and seeing so many people so happy.
Perez is a face recognised far and wide in his home country. His has been the face appearing on advertising boards all around Mexico City. This year’s Grand Prix marked an extra special event for motorsport bookmakers and fans because of last year’s hold due to the global health crisis.
A Long But Worthwhile Journey
But for Perez, his journey back to the top had not been without its fair share of hiccups and new online bookies know this.
Only a year ago he had been considering taking a time-out after being informed by Aston Martin (then Racing Point) that he was being replaced by Sebastian Vettel.
But then he went on to win last December’s run in Bahrain, and was offered a seat by Red Bull shortly after. The team had realised the need for a solid and loyal sidekick for Max Verstappen, which they’d obviously recognised in Perez.
He honoured this vote of confidence when during June’s Verstappen crash-out he stepped up to the challenge by winning the race in Azerbaijan. The message was clear: Perez would be ready and able when most needed by his team.
Commenting on his phenomenal performance after Sunday’s race had been Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. More than just an exceptional driver, Horner lauded Perez for being at the heart of what he described to be the best team spirit experienced so far by the team. Now, motorsport bookmakers wait to see what the Mexican F1 star will do next.