Sergio Perez has applauded Formula 1’s efforts to reduce the number of people in the paddock to ensure greater security, while also allowing the drivers to enjoy the unique reception of the local Mexican fans.
There is a very fine balance for the organisers of F1 to create a comfortable environment in the paddock for both teams, drivers and fans alike. Last year the Mexican Grand Prix fell foul to overcrowding in the paddock that led to a few worrying incidents as VIPs and members of the public harassed the drivers.
The number of people allowed in the paddock has been reduced and this has also been supplemented by a marketing campaign encouraging respect for all drivers, including billboards asking fans to leave rivalries to the drivers.
“I think we’ve got to appreciate, obviously, the Mexican fans are really enthusiastic,” Perez said.
“But at the same time, we have to make sure that the drivers are comfortably going around the paddock, and I think that that should be a nice balance.
“And I just want everyone to have a great time in my country and I think that's something that went over the limit last year, that hopefully this year can be improved, because overall, it's in my opinion, like the best reception for all the drivers in the world.”
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