AN­TO­NIO «CHE­CO» PÉ­REZ

THE WORLD CHAN­GES WITH CRAZY PEOPLE

Excelencias del Motor - - Entrevista / Interview -

MR. AN­TO­NIO PEREZ GARIBAY –FATHER AND REPRESENTATIVE OF SER­GIO «EL CHE­CO» PEREZ– VISITED CU­BA AND WAS SO GENTILE TO GI­VE

EX­CE­LEN­CIAS DEL MO­TOR AN INTERVIEW. KIND, SMILING AND VERY ME­XI­CAN, MR. PEREZ GAVE US OVER AN HOUR OF HIS TI­ME AND UN­VEI­LED THE MOST PRE­CIOUS SE­CRET RE­LA­TED TO THE SUC­CESS

ACHIEVED BY «CHE­CO». SER­GIO PEREZ IS A WELL-RANKED FOR­MU­LA 1 DRI­VER. HOW HAS HE MA­DE THIS FAR? WHERE DOES HIS STRENGTH COME FROM? Well, so­me people be­lie­ve that mo­tor ra­cing is a mi­llio­nai­re-only sport. It ac­tually ta­kes a lot of mo­ney or you can­not develop your team. Our case is com­ple­tely dif­fe­rent. I’m tal­king about the Perez’s. We only had our heart in the very beginning. Ta­lent fi­lled the em­pty spa­ces. We used to ra­ce in the streets of Leon, Mon­te­rey, the­re was dust everyw­he­re and that gives you skills, sin­ce the dri­ver has to be fo­cu­sed on the shifts. SER­GIO HAS SAID THAT YOU COULD FI­NISH THIRD THIS YEAR. YOU WE­RE IN THE FOURTH PO­SI­TION LAST YEAR. HOW CAN YOU DO THAT, SIN­CE FOR­CE IN­DIA IS KIND OF «THE CIN­DE­RE­LLA» IN THE MA­JORS? «Che­co» be­gan dri­ving Kar­ting at the age of six. Tho­se we­re poor karts, we didn’t ha­ve ti­res so we had to use tho­se th­rown away by ot­her people. He has always been able of dealing with low re­sour­ces.

He lear­ned to dri­ve to the li­mit, find the ti­re’s «fee­ling» and make the most of it. That can be trans­la­ted in­to hun­dredths, se­conds, qua­lif­ying points and even po­diums.That’s the way of «Che­co». IS THE­RE ANYTHING THAT DE­FI­NES HIM? You can quo­te him, sin­ce this ph­ra­se has been coined by «Che­co», it is harsh, but it is the ma­xim of his li­fe: «IN THIS LI­FE YOU HA­VE TO F*** YOURSELF, IF YOU TRULY WANT SO­MET­HING, YOU HA­VE TO F*** YOURSELF… AND PRESS YOUR CHEST». We used to sleep in cars, be­cau­se we couldn’t pay for ho­tel rooms. If that lack of re­sour­ces ma­kes you suf­fer, just back off, this is not your thing. So, he is de­fi­ned by lo­ve, pas­sion, absolute de­vo­tion to the sport; that’s what ma­kes him dif­fe­rent from the rest. WE INTERVIEWED MR. NIK­KI LAUDA YEARS AGO AND HE WAS AN ENT­HU­SIAST OF MO­TOR RA­CING IN CU­BA. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MO­TOR RA­CING IN CU­BA? I be­lie­ve the­re is great po­ten­tial. The ef­forts must be fo­cu­sed on Kar­ting, which is the bree­ding ground. That’s the ori­gin of «Che­co». That is the reason why our ho­pes go with Ser­gio’s new pro­ject, with the launch of his Karts, fo­cu­sed on La­tin Ame­ri­ca, where you can find na­tu­ral ta­lents. We are he­re to tell you: WE ARE READY, YOU HA­VE THE FLOOR.

HOW ABOUT CU­BA? It’s in­cre­di­ble. Gor­geo­us, warm, fan­tas­tic. The­re is ta­lent everyw­he­re. Whe­re­ver you go, you find ex­tra­or­di­nary and cle­ver so­lu­tions. From «al­men­dro­nes» to hou­se res­to­ra­tions. The world is chan­ged by people li­ke this, crazy people and that’s the spi­rit behind «Che­co». The fu­tu­re of Cu­ba is big, but its people is big­ger.

Ser­gio, «El Che­co» Pé­rez

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