F1 2014 Driver Review: Sergio Perez

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Sergio Perez

Team: Sahara Force India F1 Team
Car No.: 11
Races: 19
Wins: 0
Podiums (excluding wins): 1
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 1
Points: 59
Laps Led: 11
Championship Position: 10th

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Talk about landing on your feet. After being jilted by McLaren at the end of 2013, Sergio Perez sought refuge at Force India and, after just three races, finished on the podium following a great performance in Bahrain.

It would ultimately be the peak of Checo’s season, but the rest of the year saw a number of impressive performances. He was in the running to win the Canadian Grand Prix until the last lap of the race when he crashed into Felipe Massa, and he managed to pick up a good haul of points towards the end of the year despite the team’s development tailing off.

Checo told MST back in July that his move to Force India was a “blessing in disguise”, and it is true. Like Massa, he is in a better place than he was 12 months ago, enjoying his racing without the pressure of the bigger teams. With a Mexican Grand Prix on the cards next year and a new multi-year deal with Force India signed, the future looks very bright for Sergio Perez in F1.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

Sergio Perez was lucky to land where he did at Force India for 2014 given how late in the 2013 season he was notified he’d not be returning to McLaren. Perez is starting to settle into a “perennial midfield” role, and after a year where he struggled at McLaren it was a case of a largely welcome return.

Perez was consistent, for one thing, with 12 points scoring results in 19 races. He hit the high points higher, securing that impressive podium in Bahrain, and also with a decent run to sixth in Austria including the fastest race lap.

But he also made a couple silly mistakes – his contact with Felipe Massa at Montreal was frustrating, and his first-lap contact with Adrian Sutil’s Sauber in Austin was unnecessary. Maybe it was the North American races getting to him a year before his own home country of Mexico hosts a Grand Prix for the first time since Perez was just a couple years old. Either way, a respectable campaign he can build on in 2015.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.