Perez ends Mexico's 41-year wait for a podium

Perez ends Mexico's 41-year wait for a podium

Sergio Perez's maiden Formula 1 podium finish in Malaysia was the first for a Mexican driver in three generations. Michele Merlino examines this and brings you more fascinating facts from Sepang

The undoubted talking point of the Malaysian Grand Prix was the performance of Sergio Perez, who became the first Mexican to finish on a Formula 1 World Championship podium since Pedro Rodriguez claimed an identical result – second – at the 1971 Dutch Grand Prix.

At 22 years, one month and 28 days, Perez is the sixth-youngest driver to lead a grand prix, ousting Lewis Hamilton from that position. Hamilton, incidentally, was 13 days older when he led on his F1 debut in Australia in 2007. Perez is also the eighth youngest podium finisher. Both records are held by Sebastian Vettel.

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