Perez, Gutierrez thrilled by Mexico return

By on Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez say they are delighted that Formula 1 will return to Mexico in 2015 - with Perez insisting that organisers will be ready in time.

It was announced on Wednesday that Formula 1 will return to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez next year for the first time since 1992, but changes must be made to the circuit layout, paddock and pit facilities, as well as spectator areas, before the event in 2015.

Perez, who has never raced in his home country, says Formula 1 will be positively surprised by next year's race.

"It's great, I'm so happy," he said. "Since I left my home at 13, 14 years [old] I never raced in Mexico. I never raced in my home country. Now to go back after so many years and race actually in Formula One is great.

"They've been really pushing for so many years, since I came to Formula One four years ago. The spirit of the fans is massive back home. It's great for my country, for all the fans back home and I'm sure you all will be surprised at how good the event will be. I'm just very proud and excited. It's great that we can confirm that we will have a Mexican GP next year."

Sauber's Gutierrez also voiced his support for the event.

"I have good feelings about it, because all these years that Mexico has been involved in Formula One with obviously first Checo [Perez] getting to Formula One and now myself, we are two in Formula One and I think this is a great step to have a grand prix," he said.

"It's really a dream come true for many of us. I had the chance to race once in Mexico City, back in 2008, when we did the world finals of Formula BMW. It was a great experience."

Mexico was provisionally included on the 2014 calendar before it was dropped from its November date. Perez insists that the country will be ready in time for next year, with the race expected to be held towards the latter part of the season.

"100% percent sure that we will go to Mexico next year, no doubt about it," he said.

"Everything is confirmed. Last year was a difficult situation due to the time that we had to build the circuit, but now there is no doubt and I think we can all think that we're going there. Already they're building the circuit, they've already started on the circuit, so yes, we're definitely going there."


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