Sergio Perez admits he is “incredibly excited” by the chance to fight for victory this weekend in the Mexico City Grand Prix.
The Mexican has enjoyed huge support since Formula 1 returned to his home country in 2015, but has never had a car capable of finishing higher than seventh. Now at Red Bull and a two-time race-winner since his last visit to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Perez can’t wait for the opportunity to try and secure a third win in front of a partisan crowd.
“Incredibly excited — I am so much looking forward to it,” Perez said. “My country has been so supportive of me throughout my career and I always love the chance to race in front of those fans. People are always blown away by the support I receive here in Mexico but they have always backed me, since many years ago, when my career was first starting.
“It’s just great to finally have a team and a car that we can dream of a victory in my home country. We have a chance to make a big result happen this weekend, so I will prepare as well as I can and we will see what we are able to achieve.”
Ahead of what he predicts will “be a crazy week,” Perez has unveiled a special helmet design that he will use for F1’s first visit to Mexico City in two years.
¡Hola 🆕 lid! 🇲🇽 @SChecoPerez shows us his special-edition helmet for the #MexicoGP 😍 pic.twitter.com/Hal5Jd5j4B
— Red Bull Racing Honda (@redbullracing) November 3, 2021
“For Mexico I wanted it to be a really special moment so I spoke with my designer and he came up with an incredible design. It is probably my favorite design I have ever worn. I wanted to put my colors on it in a bigger and better way than before, because on all of my helmet designs I try to represent my country and Mexican cultures and traditions.
“I have even changed the color of the foam to those of the Mexican flag. I really can’t wait to wear it and since I revealed it this week the Mexican people love it!”
Perez will also have a special race suit this weekend, that Red Bull unveiled ahead of the event as part of the release of its first range of Digital Collectables.