With President Donald Trump setting the wheels in motion to build a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico, Mexican Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez and the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez are speaking out in support of their country.
Perez recently took part in a photo shoot at the circuit, where signs adorned with the hashtag #BridgesNotWalls were displayed prominently in the background. The shoot was “Checo’s” way of showing his support for Mexican Grand Prix promoters’ campaigns to both promote the Oct. 29 race, and highlight the good that Mexican people can do, according to Motorsport.com.
“World class international events such as the Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico provide an excellent opportunity to showcase to the world what the Mexican people are capable of achieving when we work together,” Perez said, via Motorsport.com. “Through this unique global platform, Mexico has been shown as a warm and welcoming destination. The 2015 and 2016 races were award-winning, 2017 promises to be even more memorable.”
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Porque todos los mexicanos estamos unidos, hoy y siempre! Los invito a unirse a esta gran campaña: #BridgesNotWalls #Orgu11oMexicano #F1esta ????? Because all of us Mexicans are united, today and always! I invite you to join this great campaign: #BridgesNotWalls #Orgu11oMexicano #F1esta ????
The Sahara Force India driver has always been very outspoken about his national pride. In November, he severed ties with one of his sponsors, Hawkers MX, after it made a joke about the border wall shortly after Trump’s election.
Even before signing on to support the Autodromo Hermanos Rodrigurez’s initiative, Perez frequently posted calls for Mexican unity on social media.
As tensions continue to rise between the U.S. and Mexico, the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix could become a very symbolic event, as it takes place one week after the U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas.
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