A lot of people think that Carlos Sainz is the most underrated driver in Formula 1 but, in a recent analysis made by Formula One itself, shows that Sergio Perez is the most underrated driver but, why?
First of all, Checo finished on P10 in the last season with 52 points (2 behind Daniel Ricciardo and 3 ahead of Lando Norris). Checo had a 2019 season full of up and downs, in some races he had a very competitive car but in some others his driving and his car itself weren’t on point. But, during the second half of the season, Checo was the driver that scored the most amount of points (excluding Mercedes’, Ferrari’s and Red Bull’s drivers). Sergio scored 39 points in the second half of the season, beating Sainz (who scored 38), Pierre Gasly and Daniel Ricciardo (both with 32).
F1 highlighted the fact that Checo has achieved 8 podiums in his career, regardless of the fact that he has driven with teams that finish between fourth and fifth in the Constructors’ Championship, for example Sauber, McLaren and Force India (currently Racing Point). F1 even regretted that his own rivals did not voted for him as one of the 10 best drivers of 2019. The top teams (Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull) have never let the Mexican to drive for them, that’s why we have never seen him in a car that is able to fight for wins and for championships.
Checo has never been very good on qualifying but he is always there when we talk about the race itself. He manages to keep a lot of drivers behind him and makes his way up in the field. The Mexican driver should not be underrated because he is always giving some show in F1. His years in Formula One are running out, will we see him in a top car?