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Sergio Perez

Perez prepared to battle Verstappen for 'dream' home victory

Sergio Perez says he isn't expecting any favours from Max Verstappen as he bids to achieve a first victory on home soil.

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Sergio Perez is not anticipating any assistance from teammate Max Verstappen as he bids to become the first Mexican winner of the Mexican Grand Prix.

The home favourite will return to an expectant crowd at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, who will be hoping he can build on his third-placed finish at last year's event.

With Red Bull once again showing front-running pace this season, the Milton Keynes team are expected to be in the battle for victory in Mexico.

With Verstappen having already sealed his second Drivers' Championship, the Dutchman earlier refuted any suggestions that he could be used to help Perez secure a home victory.

Ahead of the Mexican GP weekend, Perez was asked if he was happy to fight Red Bull's unofficial team leader to compete for the win.

"Of course, I want to win this weekend. This is my target," Perez told media, including RacingNews365.

"This is a target for everyone that is sitting here and that is coming to this weekend, also for Max.

"We are all very competitive and we want to get the victory on Sunday, so we're going to give it all we possibly can to achieve that."

Perez: 'Perfection' required for victory

Perez already has two Grands Prix victories to his name, claiming the wins in Monaco and Singapore.

He is currently battling Ferrari's Charles Leclerc for second place in the Drivers' Championship, with two points separating the pair.

When asked about his preparations for the race, Perez commented that, despite his ambitions, he was treating the event like any other race weekend.

"I've dreamt a few times already about it, and it would be massive for me,"

"Obviously, that's a target for Sunday. It will not be easy. We need to be perfect throughout the weekend.

"So, I think the focus will be now on the racing to try to maximise a weekend. The end of the day, it's another weekend with the same amount of points, but it's the most special one for me."

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