Sergio Perez has wowed fans in his home two of Guadalajara after taking part in a series of demonstration runs at the wheel of his Sauber F1 machine.
The 21-year-old completed eight runs in a C29 along a 1.5 kilometre course on the city streets in front of more than 150,000 people, while brother Antonio was also in action at the wheel of a NASCAR machine.
“This was one of the best days of my life”, Perez, the first Mexican driver in F1 for more than 30 years, said. “It was a great, great experience. I have never experienced something like this before with so many people cheering me. I'm proud to be Mexican, and I'm proud to receive all this support. It is a big boost for me ahead of the new season.”
Team manager Beat Zehnder admitted he was hugely impressed with the show that had been put on by organisers.
”It was an enormous event with unbelievable enthusiasm,“ he said. “What the state of Jalisco managed to put on within a very short space of time was one of the greatest F1 road shows I have ever looked after.”