Sergio “Checo” Pérez could miss a race this F1 season. What is the reason?  – The opinion

Sergio “Checo” Pérez could miss a race this F1 season. What is the reason? – The opinion


The Mexican Sergio “Checo” Pérez is meeting expectations at the beginning of the 2024 Formula 1 seasonbut the Red Bull team driver is getting dangerously close to the possibility of being punished with a one-race suspension.

After taking second place in both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, on both occasions behind his teammate, Max Verstappen, the Guadalajara-born will have to be very careful not to continue receiving penalties as happened last weekend .

Sergio “Checo” Pérez gave a good driving demonstration during the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix by overtaking Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) who started the race in second place, although He ended up being penalized five seconds for an episode that occurred during his time in the pits..

Sergio "Czech" Pérez posing with his teammate Max Verstappen and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.
Sergio “Checo” Pérez posing with his teammate Max Verstappen and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc on the podium of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Credit: Darko Bandic | AP

According to the FIA ​​stewards, Sergio “Checo” Pérez He had an unsafe exit from the pits in which he came very close to causing a collision with the Spanish Aston Martin driver, Fernando Alonso, which earned him a penalty that in the end did not prevent him from finishing second place.

“After reviewing the video, team radio and in-car video evidence, they determined that car 11 was released from a pit stop in an unsafe manner. Car 14 had to take evasive action to avoid a collision.said the track authorities about the Mexican’s action.

Shortly after, the Red Bull driver acknowledged the mistake that not only cost him a five-point penalty, but something even more serious and that is causing concern in a troubled Austrian team that is going through difficult times with all the controversies surrounding its director. Christian Horner.

The Mexican Red Bull driver, Sergio "Czech" Pérez during a moment at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix that was held at the Jeddah Circuit last Saturday.
The Mexican Red Bull driver, Sergio “Checo” Pérez during a moment at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix that was held at the Jeddah Circuit last Saturday.
Credit: Darko Bandic | AP

This is the point that Sergio “Checo” Pérez received on his license, which is the eighth sanction for him in the last 12 months. According to FIA rules when a driver reaches 12 points on his superlicense in a calendar year he will receive a one-race suspension.

In this way, the man from Guadalajara is only four penalty points away from reaching the maximum and missing a test of the 2024 F1 season. The next points expiration date for the Mexican will be next September 17 shortly after the Singapore Grand Prix takes place.

This means that Sergio “Checo” Pérez has little margin for error during the next six months in which he will be competing in a total of 16 races in which he cannot receive another four points on his license to avoid being left out of a Grand Prix.

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