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

Joshua Rogers May 18, 2021
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Why is Sergio Perez’ 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.

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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 with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.