This Sunday, October 29th, saw a heartbreaking moment for Sergio “Checo” Perez, who found his race abruptly terminated at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. In a post-race gesture aimed at his fans, who were visibly disappointed by his sudden exit, Perez took to social media.
“First of all, I just want to thank you for everything from the bottom of my heart. You are the best fans in the world. Today, I left everything on the track, I saw the space, and I took a risk. It wasn’t the fault of Charles (Leclerc). It was just a racing incident,” said Perez.
Continuing his message, he added, “It didn’t work out for me, but we gave everything to go for that win. I am proud of our Red Bull Racing effort and great work this weekend. See you next year, and we’ll try again.”
The 33-year-old driver, a native of Mexico, had lofty aspirations of clinching victory in his home country. Alas, the afternoon did not see him ascend to the podium.
Support from Red Bull Racing: Horner Backs Perez
The sudden end to Checo Perez’s participation in the Mexican Grand Prix was lamented not just by fans but also by Christian Horner, the chief mechanic of Red Bull Racing.
“It was horrible to see the car go airborne. We just wanted to make sure Checo was okay. The mechanics and everyone tried everything to repair the car, but it was impossible,” Horner articulated.
The seasoned former Formula 1 driver also affirmed his commitment to Perez: “Checo is our driver, we know what he is capable of. He was unlucky today, but we will give him our support, and we will come back strong next week.”
A Crucial Upcoming Race: The Brazilian Grand Prix
Looking ahead, the focus for Checo Perez now shifts to the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Autodromo José Carlos Pace has traditionally been favorable grounds for Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes-Benz team. If Perez wishes to maintain his position as Formula 1 runner-up, a stellar performance in Brazil is imperative.