Sergio Perez has no doubts that the Mexican Grand Prix this weekend will be even better than last year, with expectations higher following the success the event had in 2015.
The Sahara Force India F1 Team driver eventually had a successful United States Grand Prix after he finished the Grand Prix in eighth, ahead of former McLaren Honda Formula 1 team-mate Jenson Button, particularly as Perez as suffered damage from an incident with the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat on the first lap – the Mexican dropping to as low as seventeenth.
This weekend, Perez will be returning to his home Grand Prix on a mission to score points for the Silverstone based outfit to keep a hold of fourth in the Constructors’ Championship. From what he experienced last year, he is really happy to be going back this weekend.
“I have no doubt this year’s event will be even better than last year,” said Perez. “Expectations are huge following the success of 2015.
“For me, the biggest surprise was the passion of the fans: all the affection I received, all the messages and all the incredible moments I experienced are what really made an impression on me. I am so happy to go back there.”
Last year, Formula 1 returned to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after being heavily revamped, including every corner being modified, and with this revamp the asphalt was completely new to all the drivers. Perez is looking forward to trying the track surface with it hopefully being a big improvement compared to 2015.
“The track itself is brilliant,” added Perez. “It’s a very technical circuit, with some tricky corners: at the speeds we are doing, managing the car is very complicated and it’s important not to lose your rhythm.
“There is no key place where you can make or break your lap, except perhaps the slow section inside the stadium: you have to nail the combinations of corners to be able to string together a good lap. I am really looking forward to trying the track surface – last year, the asphalt was completely new, so this year it should be a big improvement.”