The Mexican Red Bull driver expressed his desire for the Formula 1 calendar to include more circuits on his continent, especially from two countries in America del Sur
Checo Pérez expressed his desire to increase the presence of Latin America in Formula 1 (Photo: Edgard Garrido/REUTERS)
The final stretch of the 2022 season of Formula 1 scheduled two of his three races in Latin America. As part of his preparation for the Brazilian Grand Prix, Sergio Pérez spoke about the role and affection that fans throughout the continent have expressed in his favor, revealing what they are the two countries in which you would like to race aboard your single-seater.
During an event where he unveiled the special edition helmet, inspired by the new movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which he will wear at the José Carlos Pace Autodrome, Checo Pérez said he was surprised by the signs of affection. In that sense, he expressed his desire to get to know new circuits and that the next seasons of Formula 1 could be more comprehensive.
“I would not have imagined it, what it implies in your country and for other people. I feel a great commitment and I would love to race in Colombia or Argentina. Many countries that I would love to visit and bring Formula 1. At least we have the Mexican Grand Prix. I had a showrun and it's amazing. I would like to go to other parts of the American continent”, he told the media.
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The motor sport of Formula 1 has forged most of its history and success on the old continent. As proof of this, of the 22 scheduled races on the current calendar, ten were held in Europe. Meanwhile, six were assigned to countries in Asia, five more in America, taking into account Canada and the United States, while only one existed in Oceania.
In the case of the American continent, of the five races, three were held in Canada and the United States, but the most favored territory was the Stars and Stripes. Only two were assigned to Latin America, where the Mexican Grand Prix was featured, as well as the Brazilian GP that is about to take place on the penultimate date of the event.
Although the desire from Czech Perezto increase the presence of Latin American countries in the Formula 1 calendar is evident, of the two nations that he mentioned in his speech, only one has a history of having previously hosted a race.
Sergio Pérez is the second place in the World Championship of Drivers so far (Photo: Henry Romero/REUTERS)
Argentina is the other Latin American nation to feature on the Formula 1 calendar with a Grand Prix. The Oscar and Juan Galvez Race Track, located in the heart of Buenos Aires, hosted the competition 20 timesfrom 1953 to 1958, in 1960, as well as in three time intervals that were from 1972 to 1975, from 1977 to 1981 and, in the most recent, from 1995 to 1998.
On the other hand, although Colombia has not had any races on the circuit, in recent years it has made efforts to achieve its inclusion in future calendars. In fact, in January 2022, then President Iván Duque announced the plan to create a semi-urban circuit in Barranquilla. However, with the arrival of the administration of President Gustavo Petro, the sports minister denied the existence of a budget and that the project is one of the government's priorities.
Despite this Days after the Mexican Grand Prix, the category president, Stefano Domenicali, traveled to the city of Barranquilla and held a meeting with Mayor Jaime Pumarejo. In this regard, the politician confirmed that the central reason for the talk was the arrival of Formula 1 in his country, although it was raised as a medium and long-term plan .