Sergio Perez is aiming to put on a show at a 'very special' home debut Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend as the sport makes its long-awaited return to Mexico after a 23-year absence.
The Force India driver is in a galvanised mood heading home after two consecutive strong results – third place in Russian and fifth place in United States – and simply wants to maintain his current momentum to deliver a performance the Mexican crowds can be proud of.
“The races in Russia and the United States have been an ideal way to prepare me for the return of my home race,” Perez said. “I think there is more to come from us and I'm really looking forward to the final few races.
“Having the opportunity of driving in my home Grand Prix is something I never thought would happen. It will be one of the highlights of my career and I have no doubt that this race will become a modern classic of Formula One.”
Despite the unique emotional experience of a home Grand Prix, Perez says he will be preparing for round 19 of the 2015 F1 World Championship like any other race and is intrigued to see how the grid performs at the revised Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.
Perez drove a demonstration lap of the track during its official opening two weeks ago and is raring to tear around the circuit at full speed this weekend.
“Racing in Mexico is, of course, very special for me, but at the same time I should not let this distract me from the fact that it is another race in which I will need to give 100% to bring home a good result,” he said. “I am incredibly motivated to work hard with my team to have another race to celebrate.
“I had the chance to drive a lap of the new track layout recently and it's a fantastic circuit. There are quite a few changes compared to the old layout when Formula One last raced there, but I don't think the circuit has lost any of its character.
“The new section in the stadium is spectacular and it will be such an incredible emotion to drive through there for the first time when it's full of fans. There are a lot of fast sections, but at the same time you have a combination of fast, slow and medium-speed corners that make for a very varied lap.”