Sergio Perez says the Mexican Grand Prix will be a success because “the spirit of the fans is massive”.
It was announced on Thursday that the race will be added to the calendar in 2015, with it set to take place at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Perez said a home race is a dream for him and he believes the people of Mexico will put on an impressive event.
“It's great, I'm so happy,” Perez said. “Since I left my home at 13, 14 years 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.”
And Perez said he has no doubt that the race will go ahead after it was also announced last year but delayed due to the time needed to prepare the circuit.
“Yeah, hundred percent sure that we will go to Mexico next year, no doubt about it. 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.”
Fellow Mexican Esteban Gutierrez says the race is the next logical step after he and Perez broke in to F1.
“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,” Gutierrez 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. I think it was an introduction to what it can be, obviously very, very small by comparison but now we will be able to going into the biggest thing in Mexico and to really share with our fans, with our supporters, to share with them physically the sport.”