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GP Week : Issue 232
local favourite sergio Perez may have only finished eighth, but that seemed to matter little to the Mexican who competed on home soil for the first time. Mexico embraced its first Formula One event in a generation with unbridaled enthusiasm. The grandstands were packed and cheered as one every time their man raced by. For Perez, it made the event worth it, even if the result wasn't quite what he was hoping for. "Everything was worth it for this moment," Perez told reporters after the race. " 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. “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.” Perez ultimately trailed his Force India teammate home in eighth place, that at least ensured a double points finish for the team. It all but assures the Silverstone- based squad fifth in the championship, it's best ever result since Vijay Mallya took over the team ahead of the 2008 season. Over the weekend it was also announced that Esteban Gutierrez would join Haas for 2016, doubling the number of Mexican's on the grid for next year and therefore the enthusiasm the locals will likely display. 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MEXICO PARTNERS: day to remember for Perez