Despite his popularity in Mexico, Perez believe he can do “nothing” to change the situation.
“At the end it’s a political decision,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans. “I’m not involved with it.
“All I can do is just try to influence everyone in Mexico is really enthusiastic about Formula 1. When Formula 1 when goes to Mexico the whole city stops. It’s the best weekend in the whole year. Everyone wants to keep it but at the end it will be a political decision and I cannot influence it.”
“I hope it doesn’t happen and Mexico remains in the calendar,” he added. “As you know it’s a great race for Formula 1, for the fans, for my country so I really hope that it stays.
“I think as a country what we are able to achieve that weekend is very special, as a Mexican. I would love to have Mexico on the calendar for a couple more years. They’re still negotiating but it’s not looking very likely at the moment.”
However Perez is hopeful the loss of the race would not cause his Mexican sponsors to withdraw their backing.
“We’ll see the implications that it has but I had Mexican sponsors before we had a Mexican Grand Prix so we’ll see. I’m not too concerned about it.”
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