Ahead of the weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Formula 1 drivers took questions from the media at a FIA press conference on Thursday, July 24. Among them were Mexican drivers Sergio Perez of Force India and Esteban Gutierrez of Sauber.
Those drivers responded to a question about the new Mexican Grand Prix that was recently announced to be joining the calendar in 2015.
According to Formula 1, Sergio Perez commented about the news, “It’s great, I’m so happy. 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.”
Asked if he could confirm that the Mexican race is on for 2015 after problems taking it off the schedule for this year, Perez said, “Yeah, one hundred percent sure that we will go to Mexico next year, no doubt about it. Everything is 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.”
Perez admitted that much work still needs to be done for the circuit to be ready, but said, “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.”
Esteban Gutierrez was also asked to share his thoughts about the Mexican Grand Prix. He commented, “I have good feelings about it, because all these years that Mexico has been involved in Formula One with obviously first Checo getting to Formula One and now myself, we are two in Formula One and I think this is a great step to have a grand prix. It’s really a dream come true for many of us. I had the chance to race once in Mexico City, back in 2008, when we did the world finals of Formula BMW. It was a great experience. I think it was an introduction to what it can be, obviously very, very small by comparison but now we will be able to going into the biggest thing in Mexico and to really share with our fans, with our supporters, to share with them physically the sport.”
NBC released its TV schedule for the Hungarian Grand Prix as follows. All times are Eastern.
Friday, July 25:
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Practice — NBCSN
Saturday, July 26:
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Qualifying — CNBC
Sunday, July 27:
*8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m. Hungarian Grand Prix — CNBC — LIVE
Going into the Hungarian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg of Mercedes leads the drivers’ championship with 190 points; his team-mate Lewis Hamilton is second with 176; and Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull is third at 106.
In the constructors’ championship so far, Mercedes remains ahead of the pack with 366 points with Red Bull second with 188, and Williams third at 121.
The Hungarian Grand Prix is the 11th contest in the 19-race Formula 1 season for 2014. After this weekend, there will be a break in grand prix racing until August 24 with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.