Sergio Perez is “100% sure” next year’s recently-announced Mexican Grand Prix will go ahead, saying there is no doubt that F1 will be visiting the country in 2015.
“I’m happy to announce we’ve concluded an agreement to have a race in 2015,” Bernie Ecclestone was quoted as saying on the official Formula 1 website. “Don’t miss this race!”
Mexican entertainment company CIE had previously announced the signing of a five-year contract with Ecclestone to host the race at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City.
Commenting on F1’s return to Mexico in today’s FIA press conference, Perez was obviously delighted. “It’s great, I’m so happy,” he 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.”
When asked about the circuit, he added: “Yeah, 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 very soon.”
Mexico was originally placed on the 2014 provisional calendar but was later dropped. Is Perez sure it will go ahead? “Yeah, hundred percent sure that we will go to Mexico next year, no doubt about it,” he replied.
“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.”
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