Why is Sergio Perez' nickname "Checo"? Origins of Red Bull driver's nickname revealed

Joshua Rogers October 30, 2022
Why is Sergio Perez' nickname "Checo"? Origins of Red Bull driver's nickname revealed
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Why is Sergio Perez’s nickname “Checo”? Red Bull driver’s nickname revealed as people want to know how the Mexican Formula One driver got his nickname.

Over the past few years, Red Bull have struggled to find a competitive enough driver to fill their second seat.

Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon failed to make their mark in a Red Bull seat, having been consistently outperformed by Max Verstappen.

This season, Sergio “Checo” Perez, having previously raced for Sauber, McLaren, Force India and Racing Point, joins Red Bull as they attempt to knock Mercedes off the top of the constructor’s championship.

  • REVEALED: Who is Sergio Perez’s wife, Carola Martinez, and do they have children?
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    Sergio Perez’ F1 season so far

    Perez has yet to find his groove in the Red Bull this season and has failed to finish on the podium in his four races as a Red Bull driver.

    Despite winning the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix in the Racing Point, Perez has been plagued by issues so far this season, with his best finish being P4 at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

    At the Spanish Grand Prix, a shoulder issue led to him qualifying eighth before recovering to fifth in the race, a full 48 seconds behind Verstappen on the same strategy.

    Heading into Monaco this weekend, Christian Horner and the rest of the Red Bull team will be desperate for “Checo” to get a podium.

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    Why is Sergio Perez nickname “Checo”?

    In 2013, Sergio Perez answered the question as to why his nickname is “Checo”.

    He said: “It’s not really that complicated or interesting.

    “In Mexico, where I come from, all Sergios are automatically given the nickname ‘Checo’.

    “Sorry, there’s no story behind it!”

    In the same way Jim is short for James in English, “Checo” is the short of Sergio in “Mexican” Spanish.

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    Sergio Perez’ girlfriend

    Sergio Perez is married to Carola Martinez.

    The couple began seeing each other in 2017 after meeting at a disco and got married on 3 June 2018.

    They have a son, Sergio Jr., born on 21 December 2017, and a daughter, Carlota, born on 15 September 2019.

    “Checo” Perez’ net worth revealed

    According to Celebrity Net Worth, “Checo” Perez is worth $30 million.

    The Mexican driver reportedly signed just a one-year deal to partner Max Verstappen in the 2021 championship.

    However, Christian Horner says that could well be extended.

    There’s nothing pre-written that it’s only a single-year deal,” the Red Bull team boss told Reuters.

    “It depends on how he fits in the team, how he delivers. It’s very much in his own hands.

    “It’s all about what they do in the car at the end of the day… he has to make good use of it.

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    Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.