Pushing Mexico's next Formula 1 drivers

Pushing Mexico's next Formula 1 drivers

It's been a long time since Mexico was represented in Formula 1, but thanks to the backing of a junior programme there are a couple knocking on the door now. Adam Cooper spoke to GP2 front runner Sergio Perez about his F1 prospects

Forty years ago, Pedro Rodriguez scored a popular victory for BRM in the Belgian Grand Prix. It was the last Formula 1 race to be held on the daunting old circuit and, as it turned out, the second and last grand prix victory of the Mexican's career. Just 13 months later he was killed in a sportscar race at the Norisring.

Incredibly, since then his country - which has a population of around 109 million - has produced just one grand prix driver. But now there are two talented Mexican youngsters knocking on the door of F1 – and they share the same serious backing. On the anniversary of a famous Mexican win, both can use success at Spa this weekend as a springboard to greater things.

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