F1: Perez, Gutierrez look forward to having home Grand Prix
JUL 24, 2014 5:55p ET
Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez are both excited about the prospects for a Mexican GP in 2015 after plans were formally confirmed Wednesday.
The news is an obvious boost for their current sponsors, and in turn gives them a better chance of securing funding in the future.
“It’s great, I’m so happy,” said Perez Thursday. “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.
Perez said he had no doubt about the race happening: “Hundred percent sure that we will go to Mexico next year, no doubt about it. Everything’s 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.
“There are a lot of things to be changed. The circuit is quite old. I mean, the last time you raced there was 22 years ago. They already started to build a new circuit. It will be fantastic once again; you are all going to be surprised. I’m sure it will become a very popular Grand Prix very soon.
“We don’t have a date confirmed yet. I think once the calendar is released, I suspect that it might be towards the end of the year because that’s when we go back to America, and also it gives more time to the circuit to rebuild, to make all the changes necessary for Formula One to host a Grand Prix. It will be totally different. I was so unlucky not to be in a Formula One race back in Mexico but I think it will be quite different, and as I said before, I’m really enthusiastic and I’m sure you’re all going to be surprised as to how well we can do this kind of event.”
Gutierrez backed up his compatriot: “I have good feelings about it, because all these years that Mexico has been involved in Formula One with obviously first Checo 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. 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.”