Perez and Gutierrez open up on their spectacular home race

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Sergio Perez (left) and Esteban Gutierrez (right) are the two hometown heroes for the Mexican Grand Prix

The crucial factor needed to create a successful sports event with a breathtaking atmosphere is by far the fanbase. The more passionate and involved the supporters become – the better the event will be – that’s a fact.

This philosophy could not be more true for Mexicans who pour their heart and soul into sports. But at this weekends Mexican Grand Prix, all of these incredible fans will be cheering even harder for their two hometown heroes: Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez.

In honesty, Mexican fans have rejoiced at the chance to finally support their drivers on home soil. The Mexican Grand Prix returned to the Formula One calendar in 2015 for the first time since 1992. The circuit also well accommodates the enthusiastic fans by having the track weave through a baseball stadium. This provides a so-called ‘stadium section’, where the supporters get a perfect view straight down onto the track.

Mexico’s unique ‘stadium section’ in full attendance for the 2015 Grand Prix

This dedicated support that both drivers will certainly receive may be the boosts the pair of them need after both drivers experienced disappointing races at the recent US Grand Prix. Sergio Perez was punted off early by Daniil Kvyat, but did recover to 7th. However, this result was not good enough to score more points than Williams Racing, who are now just 8 points behind Force India in the Constructors Championship. On Gutierrez’s side, he suffered an untimely brake failure that left him with no result as he desperately searches for his first points of 2016.

“I have no doubt this year’s event will be even better than last year,” Perez stated ahead of this weekend. He even admitted how the “biggest surprise” of the 2015 iteration of the race was the “passion of the fans.” He explained that “all the affection I received, all the messages and all the incredible moments I experienced are what really made an impression on me.”

This will be Esteban Gutierrez’s first home Grand Prix as he spent last year as Ferrari’s test driver. He said last year was “great,” but the whole event “will be even better when I will be racing there.” He believes the “amazing” atmosphere is what makes this event awesome and because of that he will definitely “cheer to the people.” He also revealed that “in Mexico the events are pretty different [because] they are more intense and there are usually more people involved.” But most importantly, Gutierrez simply admitted the Mexican Grand Prix is “a very special week for my whole career.”

The undeniable truth is that this event will be a cracker. Nico Rosberg has described his win here in 2015 as one of the best moments of his life. I believe he thinks this because of the unique podium which is located in the aforementioned stadium section. This special podium location clearly rivals Monza for the best of the year. If all goes to plan, Sergio Perez could be up there this weekend – with Esteban Gutierrez surely not far behind!

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Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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