An estimated crowd of up to 200,000 spectators lined the streets of Mexican rookie Sergio Pérez’s hometown, Guadalajara, to watch the Sauber driver in action.
Pérez took to the wheel of last year’s Sauber C29 on a demonstration run along a 1.5km course that wound its way through the city’s streets.
A thrilled Pérez described the event as “one of the best days of my life” afterwards.
“It was a great, great experience. I have never experienced something like this before with so many people cheering me,” he said. “I’m proud to be Mexican, and I’m proud to receive all this support. It is a big boost for me ahead of the new season.”
Sauber team manager Beat Zehnder added: “It was an enormous event with unbelievable enthusiasm. What the state of Jalisco managed to put on within a very short space of time was one of the greatest F1 roadshows I have ever looked after.”
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