54 OCTOBER 2017
FORMULA 1: SERGIO PEREZ
Mexican F1 star Sergio Perez hasn’t been shy of controversy
this season, but counters that with an impressive “best of
the rest” position in the overall points. Only 27 years old,
how much further can he go? And will it be at Force India?
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scar Valdez, Gilberto Ramirez, Jessie
Magdaleno, Leo Santa Cruz, Miguel
Berchelt, Rey Vargas and Luis Nery.
What all these men have in common is
they are current Mexican boxing world
champions. Mexico has produced the
most world champions of any country in
boxing, but there is one division it has yet
to conquer: Heavyweight.
Of the guys above, the heaviest fights in
the 168lb super middleweight class, with
the rest getting in the ring no heavier than
135lb. Mexico loves its small, ferocious
sportsmen. And Force India Formula 1
driver Sergio Perez fits that mold.
After some impressive early results –
including knockout-level podiums in
Malaysia and Canada in 2012 for Sauber -
Perez had his nose bloodied when he
Two thirds through a
fourth season with
Force India, and his
seventh F1 season in
total, Sergio Perez
says he’s never driven
better. Seventh in
points, behind only
the guys driving for
the big three teams,
seems to confirm it.