On an incredible weekend, the result (eighth place) didn’t matter as much for Sergio Perez as the moment of actually competing in his home Grand Prix in Mexico City.
Nonetheless, the Sahara Force India driver continued his strong recent run of form with his sixth score in the last seven races. With teammate Nico Hulkenberg a spot ahead of him in seventh, it also marked the first time the team scored both cars since Monza.
Perez reflected on the race, in talking with NBCSN’s Will Buxton post-race. He also had a moment where he passed Carlos Sainz Jr. for position in the stadium section.
“Everything was worth it for this moment,” Perez said. “The moment when I was singing the national anthem for my country, in front of thousands of people. My parade lap was the most special moment of my career.
“Such an emotional day. The result is what matters. We were very unlucky with the safety car. We planned one stop. But sometimes you’re lucky, sometimes you’re not. We got nice points for the team.”
Perez left home as a teenager to pursue his F1 dreams, and this marked the first time in a dozen years he’d raced back on home soil.
“You just feel something so special, something that will stay with me forever.
“I left home very early. Did a lot of sacrifices. But a lot of people have been behind me. Thank you to my whole country. It’s the most special weekend of my life.”