Ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix Sahara Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg took inter-team rivalry to a new level as they put their culinary skills to the test during an old-school Mexican cook off.

The event was created by the organisers of the Mexican Grand Prix to celebrate the return of F1 to Mexico City later this year following its 23-year hiatus from the schedule.

World-class Mexican Chef Ruben Boldo Villegas was tasked with guiding the two racing drivers through a live demonstration in the Sahara Force India team building in front of a select gathering of the world's F1 press, following which the attending media had the chance to taste some of the traditional Mexican delicacies prepared by the drivers.

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"Food is so important to my culture and I really enjoyed the session with Chef Ruben, although it was a little nerve wracking prepping food in front of the media," said Perez, the only Mexican driver on the F1 grid. "I left Mexico when I was 14 and I've never raced there, it's hard to put into words quite how excited I am about the Mexican Grand Prix. The organisers have fought hard to have the race put back on the calendar and I know how passionate and spirited the fans are in my country - I can't wait to experience it."

"It's been great to bring a flavour of Mexico to the F1 Paddock," added team-mate Hulkenberg. "The F1 community is always buzzing when a new race is added or an old venue returns to the calendar but I get the feeling that people have a special affection for Mexico City. Taking part in the challenge today was good fun because I love food - it's one of life's great pleasures and it's been fun to watch and learn from such a pro."