Up until this year, the United States Grand Prix was the home race for Mexico born driver Sergio Perez. That made Force India driver’s very early exit in last year’s race hard to take.
Perez retired from the race after just one lap due to a crash.
Perez returns for his fourth visit to the Circuit of the Americas, which will be then be followed by the Grand Prix of Mexico. It will be the first F1 race in Mexico City since 1992. That race was won by Nigel Mansell.
“Austin is a great place to race. It has been my home race for several years, before the return of the Mexican Grand Prix, and the circuit is great fun for both fans and drivers,” Perez said in a release. “The city is very cool and there is so much happening during Grand Prix week. When I step into the cockpit and see all the Mexican flags and the fans in the stands it’s an incredible boost for me.”
Perez will try to capitalize on that boost to build on the podium finish he earned in Sochi, which was his best finish of the year. At three races at COTA, his best finish is seventh in 2013.
“The track has some special parts, especially the first sector and the uphill turn one,” Perez said. “You can take a few different lines through the corner and you can brake really late for it, which makes it a good place to overtake. The whole of the first sector is very fun to drive with a lot of quick corners.”