/Special Report: Mexican Grand Prix: For One Formula One Racer, the Way Ahead Is To-And-Fro

Special Report: Mexican Grand Prix: For One Formula One Racer, the Way Ahead Is To-And-Fro

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Sergio Pérez of the Force India team at the United States Grand Prix last weekend in Texas, where he finished fifth. Expectations will be high for the Mexican driver at his home race this weekend in Mexico City.

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Sergio Pérez of the Force India team probably knows better than most Formula One drivers how aptly the catchphrase “two steps forward, one step back” can apply to a career in elite racing.

Pérez, the first Mexican driver to race in the series since Héctor Rebaque in 1981 and only the sixth ever, had started in the series in 2011, at the Sauber team. He was only 21 and quickly showed great potential, nearly winning a race in his second season, at the Malaysian Grand Prix of 2012. He twice finished second that season and also had a third-place finish, results that were extraordinary for a small-budget team like Sauber.

As a result, in 2013 he was signed up to race at McLaren Mercedes, one of the most…

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