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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 29: Race winner Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates with his team by jumping into the pool after the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 29, 2022 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Can Perez produce a stunning 2022 F1 Drivers’ shock?

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 29: Race winner Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates with his team by jumping into the pool after the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 29, 2022 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Sergio Perez has a golden opportunity to press his case to win the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship for the first time.

The Mexican was solid in his first season with Red Bull last term, finishing fourth in the Drivers’ Championship, his highest finish in his Formula 1 career.

However, as Mercedes have fallen off the pace in the 2022 campaign, Perez and Red Bull have come to the fore at the top of the standings.

Perez now has a great chance to put down a claim to beat out his team-mate to win the Drivers’ Championship, although he will need a flawless end of the campaign, displaying a level of consistency that he has flashed in the first half of the term.

He is backed in the sports betting Paddy Power odds at a huge price of 40/1 to win the crown, which presents great value for the Mexican to triumph.

It would take a huge effort, but has performed well over the course of the season outside of the opening race and a setback due to retirement in Canada. After years of being on the periphery of the sport, Perez made his breakthrough at the end of the 2020 campaign by winning the Sakhir Grand Prix, notching the first triumph of his career.

Perez had made a charge at the Turkish Grand Prix too, finishing second behind Lewis Hamilton.

The evidence was enough for Red Bull to make the move for the Mexican, ending his tenure with Racing Point. The switch appeared to work almost immediately for Perez, winning the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with an accomplished display.

He then achieved a second-straight podium in the French Grand Prix before going off the boil. It would cost him third place in the overall standings, but a fourth-place finish was a respectable return.


After a difficult start in Bahrain, Perez has grown in confidence in the 2022 season, adding podiums at the Spanish, Australian and Azerbaijan Grand Prix. He put down a brilliant outing in the Monaco Grand Prix, earning a major feather in his cap to win the race, arguably the most difficult on the circuit.

Whereas a number of drivers struggled with the elements, Perez was on form throughout, holding his composure and managing the race to perfection to cross the line ahead of his rivals.

He again performed well at Silverstone where others struggled amid an early collision on the track. Perez was able to adjust when it mattered the most, and although he did not register the victory he still acquired vital points in the race for the Drivers’ Championship.


He will require that level of consistency to win the crown ahead of his more esteemed rivals, but most importantly Perez will need to turn those podium finishes into victories.

It is not always easy as a number two driver on a team, but Nico Rosberg is the perfect example to follow when he triumphed ahead of Lewis Hamilton in 2016. It proves that it can be done, but Perez needs to take his game to a new level in the second half of the 2022 season.