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Sergio Perez looking forward to Mexican Grand Prix

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In-form Force India driver Sergio Perez is looking forward to this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix which sees him race in front of his own fans for the first time.

The 25-year-old has been worth his money this season and currently sits ninth in the Drivers' championship, ahead of teenage sensation Max Verstappen, McLaren's star duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, plus 26 points ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg.

Just a week on from his fifth-place finish in Austin at the US Grand Prix, Perez is now looking forward to entertaining his home crowd as the sport makes a long-awaited return to Mexico.

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"I really feel the enthusiasm from everyone back home, so it's something I'm definitely really looking forward to," Perez told Sky Sports.

"Mexico has a lot of history in the sport. It's been 23 years since we raced there, but Mexico itself has a lot of history. It's not like going to a new venue."

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The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is fresh from a revamp that will welcome world champions Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton to Mexico City, while the rest of the grid will be hoping to rack up as many points from the remaining three races.

Perez holds an advantage ahead of the race weekend, having driven around the 2.7-mile track in the car which former Mexican F1 driver Pedro Rodriguez raced during his career.

"You will see when you get there that there's a lot of enthusiasm from the fans and the fans are really looking forward to receiving the sport," Perez added.

"I just can't wait to get there. It's going to be a fantastic venue for Formula 1 and I hope everyone enjoys the weekend as much as I will do."

However, the Mexican knows how tough it will be to repeat the success he had in Russia, although the weather could give his Force India side a helping hand in moving further up both the Drivers' and Constructors' World Championship table.

The 27-year-old continued: "In normal conditions, we are the fourth or fifth, depending on the race weekend, or sixth-fastest team, so in a normal race there's no chance.

"The rain can mix a lot of things, so anything is possible. So I wouldn't discount a very strong result if it rains,"

Perez will be hoping he can do enough - starting this weekend in his home Grand Prix - to push Force India above Red Bull. Potentially, he could move above their closest rival's drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat if he continues his current form.

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