Sergio Perez has ended a contract with one of his sponsors after they sent a disrespectful tweet about his fellow Mexicans.
Sunglasses manufacturer Hawkes tweeted a video after Donald Trump’s victory in the US election which suggested that Mexicans should buy its products to hide their tears when the President-elect begins to build the wall between Mexico’s border with the US - a promise he made during the election campaign.
Trump scored a shock election victory on Wednesday, defeating Democrat candidate Hilary Clinton, with one of his main campaign promises that he would build a wall between the US and Mexico to protect the US from Mexican migrants attempting to cross the border.
In the past, Trump has angered Mexicans by branding migrants from the country “drug dealers, criminals, rapists.”
One of the founders of Hawkers, David Moreno, published a video on Twitter apologising for the tweet. He said that his team had made a “grave error” and were sincerely sorry for their comments, which have since been deleted from their Twitter feed.
Perez on the other hand tweeted “A joke, a joke in a bad taste,” after earlier tweeting “What a bad comment, today I sever ,my links with @HawkersMX. I won’t let anyone make fun of my country! #MexicoUnited”
Perez will be back in action this weekend at the Brazilian Grand Prix with the Force India team, who it was recently announced that Perez will be staying with for the 2017 Formula 1 season.