F1: Sergio Perez ends 11-year pole wait and makes historical past for Mexico


Red Bull's Mexican driver Sergio Perez drives during the qualifying session on the eve of the 2022 Saudi Arabia Formula One Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 26, 2022. (

Purple Bull’s Mexican driver Sergio Perez drives in the course of the qualifying session on the eve of the 2022 Saudi Arabia Components One Grand Prix on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 26, 2022. (Photograph by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)

Sergio Perez waited 11 years for his first Components One pole place and when it lastly got here, underneath the floodlights in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, it was an absolute cracker.

The 32-year-old Mexican produced the lap of his life to take the highest slot for Purple Bull in what might be his 215th grand prix begin.

It additionally got here on the eleventh anniversary of his first qualifying session for Sauber on March 26, 2011 on the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

No person else has ever waited so lengthy for a pole, ‘Checo’ taking the file from Australian Mark Webber whose first, additionally with Purple Bull, got here on the 131st time of asking on the Nuerburgring in 2009.

“It took me a few races however what a lap,” stated Perez, whose crew mate and reigning world champion Max Verstappen certified fourth.

“I can do 1,000 laps and I don’t suppose I can beat that lap. It was unbelievable.”

Crew boss Christian Horner was each bit as delighted for a preferred driver who additionally grew to become the primary Mexican to take a pole place in Components One.

“I’m simply so, so happy for Checo,” he instructed Sky Sports activities tv.

“He’s working tougher than ever and that lap was mighty. We might see it coming, and the Ferraris put down such a aggressive marker. For Checo to go and try this, solely the second time I feel he’s outqualified Max.

“And to place in a lap like that, right here, on the hardest and most harmful circuit that we go to, an unbelievable efficiency from him.

“No matter he had for lunch, breakfast and dinner final evening we’re going to feed him the identical, give him the identical tomorrow. An outstanding efficiency from him.”

Perez had been third-quickest however lapped the ultra-fast avenue circuit with a greatest time of 1 minute 28.200 seconds after Ferrari’s championship chief Charles Leclerc had set a 1:28.225.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz certified third in a time of 1:28.402.

“I feel there isn’t any different circuit like this. If I can get pole right here, I can get pole wherever on the earth,” stated Perez, who joked he had taken a few tequila pictures in the course of the lengthy stoppage after Mick Schumacher crashed his Haas.

“That is positively essentially the most demanding place to get the proper lap, you already know, the extent of threat, the extent of precision you’ve obtained to have round this place is simply great,” stated the Mexican

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