Perez joins 250 Formula 1 Grands Prix club

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With his start at the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix, Sergio Perez will have officially reached 250 races in Formula 1.

Perez made his F1 debut in 2011 with Sauber, spending two years with the team before transferring to McLaren in 2013.

A difficult year with the Woking-based squad saw him join Force India in 2014, a team he stuck with until the end of 2020 (during which it changed its name to Racing Point).

In 2021, he linked up with Red Bull and has been partnering Max Verstappen ever since, taking five race wins with the squad.

His first win came in the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, and now has six in total, including the 2022 Monaco and Singapore races.

Perez is the 11th most experienced driver in F1 history with 250 starts to his name, but is on course to pass Jarno Trulli and Ricardo Patrese by the end of the current campaign.

“Well, it’s very special, you know, to look back at my early years. It’s a lot of years in Formula 1, you know, the pinnacle of your sport,” Perez told media including RacingNews365.

“So, it has a good meaning in other ways. It will be nice to remember my 250th race.”

Only two current drivers occupy the top 10 most races started list – it is headed by Fernando Alonso (371), while Lewis Hamilton is third (325).

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