Sergio Perez has changed his opinion on the potential future of the Mexican Grand Prix, saying that talks to extend its run beyond the current 2019 Formula 1 season are more positive than in previous months when it seemed certain to be dropped from the calendar.
Along with Britain, Spain, Germany, and Italy, Mexico is having trouble securing a deal due to issues with financial supported being provided by the government.
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Perez said during pre-season that the situation was “not looking good” for the country, but has now changed his mindset to a more positive one.
“It’s looking a bit more promising lately,” he told Motorsport Week.
“I really hope that for Formula 1 that we don’t lose such a big venue, it’s been the best Grand Prix in the last four years and I hope we get to see the Grand Prix more often in the calendar.”
Perez thinks it would be a shame for Mexico to lose the opportunity to showcase itself to the world.
“Also for my country I think we need Formula 1 because it’s a great exposure, it really shows how great is Mexico as a country, so I’m optimistic so I’m more optimistic than I used to be,” the Racing Point driver continued.
“There are some talks, I obviously don’t have the full details and it’s not my job to really comment on that. It’s just that things probably aren’t as bad as they were so there might be some hope.”
Perez started off his 2019 season with a 13th place finish at the Australian GP in Melbourne last weekend.