Formula 1

Sergio Perez hopes for rain at Mexico Grand Prix

Mexico City, Oct 24 (EFE).- Mexican Formula 1 driver Sergio "Checo" Perez (Force India) said here Wednesday that he is hoping for rain at the Mexico Grand Prix.

"The weather would be a good opportunity to equalize things and see the differences in the drivers," Perez, who is in eighth place this season, told reporters.

According to the forecast, there is a chance of rain during Sunday's race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, where Lewis Hamilton, driving for Mercedes, hopes to win his fifth world title.

The Briton needs only a seventh-place finish to claim the 2018 crown.

"I'm happy to be back at home. What I'm hoping for is to maximize the car's potential and get a good classification because not having a good Saturday on a track as complicated as Mexico has affected us in recent years," said Perez, referring to the fact that starting position for the race is determined the day before during the classification trials.

On Wednesday, the 28-year-old Mexican driver said he was optimistic and felt confident he would have a good race in his native country.

"It's amazing to look back. When I started racing for Force India, I had come from McLaren, with one of the most impressive factories," he recalled.

He added that even though he joined a team with fewer resources, he still managed to get to the podium in his third race.

"I came to one of the smallest teams in Formula One and today I'm on one of the most important ones that has a great future," he added.