BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 06: Race winner Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 06, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov - Pool/Getty Images)

Sergio Perez’s father revealed that his son received a call from Charles Leclerc after the Mexican GP, where he told him something very wholesome.

At the Mexican GP, the home hero crossed the line in P3, and became the first Mexican driver to stand on the podium at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. He celebrated with his father Antonio Perez Garibay and his fans.

Antonio led the celebrations and tributes for Checo, and was at the forefront of the joyous proceedings. He made headlines with his presence, with everyone praising him and his passion.  

Now, Perez’s father revealed that his son received a call from Leclerc after the race, and gave the details of the wholesome conversation

“Checo received a call yesterday from Charles Leclerc, who said ‘Checo, you don’t know how happy it made me to see your parents celebrate like that, tears came to my eyes, I would have loved my father to see me’,” he said, as quoted by f1i.com.

Perez (right) celebrates his podium with his well-wishers. Source: XPB

Antonio revealed that he wasn’t aware that Leclerc’s father had passed away.

Paternal greatness

Leclerc’s father Hervé Leclerc was an influential figure and mentor to the Monegasque driver. He was a former racer himself, and taught the Ferrari driver all about racing. He also passed his passion for motorsport to his son.

When Charles wanted to pursue racing as a career, it was his father who helped him out. He supported his son, and the youngster repaid his faith in him with great results and quick progression through the ranks.

Unfortunately, his father passed away from illness a few years earlier. At the time, Leclerc was yet to race in F1, so he never saw his son make it on the big stage.

He would make his father proud by getting the Ferrari seat, and also winning two iconic races in Spa and Monza.

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