Sergio Perez recorded his lowest points tally since 2013, but that said more about his car than his skills behind the wheel. Here are all the facts and statistics from Perez’s 2019 season.
For the first time since 2014, Sergio Perez slipped to tenth in the Drivers’ Championship and scored the third lowest points tally of his career; his lowest since his year at McLaren. But that said more in his team’s drop in relative performance than it did about Perez as a driver.
In the first half of the season, Perez scored only three times – at three consecutive races in Bahrain, China and Azerbaijan. It’s no surprise that the Baku specialist scored his best result of the season in the land of fire, with a sixth place finish. He’d fail to score again until September’s Belgian Grand Prix, where he took another sixth place. It marked the start of a run of great races for the Mexican, with Singapore – where he suffered a DNF due to an oil leak – being the only time that he failed to score in the second half of the season.
Despite Lance Stroll scoring the team’s best result of the season in Germany, a race in which Perez crashed out of, Perez had the better of his team-mate for pretty much the whole season. From the 21 races, Perez was out-qualified three times, and was faster by almost a tenth on average in each sector of qualifying over the season. Perez finished ahead of Stroll in the races sixteen times in 2019. His form this year reinforced why he’s regarded as one of F1’s top midfield performers.
A STATISTIC FOR EVERY GRAND PRIX
Australia: Sergio Perez finished thirteenth in the 2019 Australian Grand Prix, marking the first time that the driver starting tenth in the Australian Grand Prix has failed to score since 2010.
Bahrain: In 2019, Sergio Perez was eliminated in Q2 for a fourth time in Bahrain. 2014 remains the last time the Mexican qualified in the top ten at the track. Perez did, however, beat his team-mate in qualifying at the Sakhir track for the first time since 2014.
China: With eighth place, Sergio Perez scored his best Shanghai finishing position at the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix. It beat his previous best result at the circuit of ninth, which he scored in 2014 and 2017.
Azerbaijan: After finishing sixth in the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Sergio Perez moves to fourth in the all-time list of most races without a win, surpassing Martin Brundle’s tally.
Spain: In the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix, Sergio Perez failed to score for the third time from his nine visits to the Catalunya circuit. Aside from his DNF in 2012, fifteenth marked his worst finishing position so far at the track.
Monaco: For the first time since 2012, Sergio Perez failed to reach Q3 at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2019. He qualified in seventeenth, marking his worst qualifying performance since qualifying nineteenth at the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Canada: On the same weekend on which he equalled Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert’s record of entries without a pole position, Sergio Perez recorded Q1 exits at two consecutive races for the first time in his career. Perez had recorded ten previous Q1 exits, but the 2019 Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix mark the first time he’s been eliminated in Q1 at two consecutive rounds.
France: After the 2019 French Grand Prix, Sergio Perez became the driver to have started the most races without having taken a pole position. Perez finished twelfth in Monaco, Canada and France, making it the first time in his career that he’s had the same result for three Grands Prix in a row.
Austria: At the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix, Sergio Perez failed to score for a fifth race in a row. There has only been one other occasion in his career where the Mexican has gone five races without a point. That was between the 2012 Japanese and 2013 Australian Grands Prix, where he went seven races without scoring.
Britain: Sergio Perez finished seventeenth in the 2019 British Grand Prix, making this the first time he has failed to score at Silverstone since 2014.
Germany: After spinning out, Sergio Perez recorded his first DNF of the 2019 season at the German Grand Prix. With his DNF, Perez equalled his worst finishing streak in F1, failing to score in seven consecutive races.
Hungary: Despite qualifying only seventeenth for the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix, this season marked the first time that Sergio Perez has out-qualified his team-mate at the Hungaroring since 2013.
Belgium: With sixth place at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix, Sergio Perez equalled his best result of the season. He moved up to fourteenth on the list of most points scored at the Belgian Grand Prix, overtaking Jim Clark, Damon Hill and Nico Hulkenberg.
Italy: After finishing seventh at the 2019 Italian Grand Prix, Sergio Perez became the driver to have had the most seventh place finishes. It was his twentieth seventh place finish, overtaking Fernando Alonso’s tally.
Singapore: Sergio Perez retired from the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, bringing to an end his 100% finish rate at the Marina Bay Circuit.
Russia: With seventh place in the 2019 Russian Grand Prix, Sergio Perez continued his record of scoring in every Russian Grand Prix since it joined the calendar in 2014.
Japan: Sergio Perez finished eighth in the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix. It brought to an end a streak of three seventh place Suzuka finishes for the Mexican.
Mexico: Sergio Perez equalled his best home race result at the 2019 Mexico Grand Prix with a seventh place finish. With that result, he became the fifteenth driver to have scored points in 100 Grands Prix.
United States: After a pit-lane start at the 2019 United States Grand Prix, Sergio Perez gained ten places in the race to finish tenth. It was Perez’s fifth consecutive visit to the circuit that he has scored points.
Brazil: At the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, Sergio Perez was eliminated in Q2 for a sixth time at the track. It means that he now has more Q2 exits at the circuit that any other driver, surpassing Jenson Button’s tally of five Q2 exits at the track.
Abu Dhabi: Sergio Perez scored at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, meaning that he ended the season with his longest points-scoring streak since the end of the 2017 season.
Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.