Checo Pérez came back in the Sprint Race and will start in fourth place in the Brazilian Grand Prix

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The Mexican driver staged a series of passes to move past his original starting place on the grid and take the lead over Charles Leclerc in the Drivers' Championship

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Checo Pérez came back in the Sprint Race and will start in fourth place in the Brazilian Grand Prix

Checo Pérez will start in fifth place of the Brazilian Grand Prix (Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Sergio Pérez managed to climb five steps in the Brazilian Grand Prix Sprint Raceand improved his place on the starting grid for next Sunday, November 13, 2022. After starting in ninth place, he moved ahead and earned fifth position, with which he could overtake his direct rival for the drivers' second championship, Charles Leclerc and take advantage of points in the general table.

The last sprint race of the year brought various surprises that changed with the result. Last Friday, Kevin Magnussen took the first pole position in his individual history, as well as that of his Haas team. However, he failed to hold the lead and slid to eighth place. On the contrary, Checo Pérez managed to pass him and take a place in the third starting row.

Although the native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, earned fifth place in the start, he will benefit one more step thanks to a sanction against Carlos Sainz Jr.The Ferrari driver made an engine change out of regulation and was penalized five positions, so Pérez will take fourth place on the grid.

It is worth mentioning that, unlike the qualifying rounds in the vast majority of circuits, for the Brazilian GP a previous race was implemented to define the starting positions at the José Carlos Pace Autodrome. In addition to knowing his place, the first eight drivers at the close of the classification earned units valid for the Drivers' Championship.

In this way, the Mexican driver he awarded five units for his personal and team statistics. In other words, one less than his teammate, Max Verstappen, and one more than Charles Leclerc, his direct rival for the Ferrari team's Drivers' Subchampionship. The starting places for the Brazilian GP were made up as follows:

1. George Russell (Mercedes)

2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)

4. Sergio Pérez (Red Bull Racing)

5. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

6. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari)

7. Lando Norris (McLaren)

8. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

9. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin Aramco)

10. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)

11. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)

12. Mick Schumacher (Haas)

13. Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo)

14. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)

15. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)

16. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)

17. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin Aramco)

18. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)

19. Nicolas Latifi (Williams)

20. Alex Albon (Williams)

(Video: Courtesy ESPN)

Throughout his career, Checo Pérez was aware of the need to add as many units as possible possible to get ahead in the final stretch of the season. Even given the bad experience that Verstappen had during qualifying, he questioned if he could overtake him to add one more unit. “Am I going to get the position? I need the points”, he asked his team, but did not receive authorization and resigned himself to finishing behind Max.

In that sense , after taking part in the Sprint Race, Pérez reached 284 points in the Drivers' World Championship and took a six-point lead over his closest rival Charles Leclerc. Although he is not a statistical threat so far, if the Mexican lets points slip in the last two races and George Russell finishes in first position during the Brazilian GP and Abu Dhabi, the Englishman could snatch the silver position from him< /b>.