What you need to know:
Until Checo Pérez’s runner-up finish, Red Bull had never achieved a double in the Drivers’ Championship.
Checo Pérez excelled with another comeback in the Las Vegas Grand Prix; He started in eleventh place and finished in third place, a result with which he secured the second place in the drivers’ championship and even the foreign press recognized the Mexican’s career.
Of course, with everything and Chequito’s runner-up finish For the ‘experts’ the passing of Charles Leclerc was more important in the last lap than second place, if another driver were in Checo’s place the criticism would be very different, like in the F1 Power Ranking that blows the wall with its ‘qualifications’.
“Checo found his way again”
For Motorsport the race Czech was the result of months of work that began at the Austin Grand Prix and ended with the long-awaited runner-up of Red Bull drivers in Las Vegas, it was more than a good weekend.
“Pérez found his way again after working hard in the simulator of the team before last month’s event in Austin and he was finally able to crown his year with the runner-up finish obtained today with his third place in the Las Vegas Grand Prix”
Motorsport about the work of Checo Pérez
Before Las Vegas, the last time ‘Chequito’ stood on the podium was in Italian Grand Prix on September 3so he shook off the pressure he had accumulated all that time and we can say that his bad streak ended in ‘Sin City’.
“Overwhelming Red Bull season”
Checo Pérez’s runner-up finish in Las Vegas was the cherry on the cake for Red Bull which established itself as the best team in 2023 with the first places in both championships, a situation that SoyMotor highlighted.
“Sergio Pérez is already runner-up. Third place in Las Vegas has certified Red Bull’s overwhelming season, where they have won absolutely everything. All of this in a very difficult season for the Mexican, where his continuity for next year was called into question on more than one occasion.
Soymotor on the Red Bull season
Practically throughout 2023, the rumors about Checo’s continuity in the Austrian team were questioned every weekend, one of the most popular rumors was the announcement of his retirement, all due to the desire of some to have a European driver. alongside Max Verstappen, although Statistically, the Mexican has surpassed each of the candidates to occupy his seat..
“Leclerc stole Checo’s candy”
The Italian media Motorbox applauded Charles Leclerc’s performance in the race and They almost forgot to mention that he started in Pole Position, but was unable to maintain the leadtechnically he lost more than he won unlike Checo who started eleventh, finished third and secured the runner-up position for drivers.
“If today he celebrates being runner-up in the world, it is because everything has turned out for him in terms of other people’s incidents and yellow flags. Celebrate being second best, deservedly so, but when Leclerc challenged him, he ‘stole the candy’ that the Ferrari driver himself had lost when he overshot a corner”
Motorbox about Charles Leclerc’s race in Las Vegas
This place even detracted from Checo’s comeback and questioned his result, implying that without so many yellow flags the result would have been different, although the man from Guadalajara was caught by one of those yellow flags that forced him to change the nose of his RB19 in the first laps.