Sergio Perez not expecting any favours from Max Verstappen at Formula 1's Mexico Grand Prix

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez knows he will have to be at his absolute best to win his home Grand Prix in Mexico City for the first time this weekend.

Verstappen claimed a back-to-back Formula 1 World Championship two races ago in Japan and last week in Austin, the Dutchman won with Perez claiming a fourth-place finish for Red Bull to claim the Constructors' Championship for the first time since 2013 with three races remaining.

In the Drivers' Standings, Perez is third, just two points behind Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.

"I don't need to be given anything, I have achieved everything without any gifts for so many years," Perez told ESPN.

"In the end, I don't think about it, I think about my job, about being perfect this weekend and looking for that victory."

When asked about how it was having a teammate like Verstappen, Perez acknowledged that it was one of the most difficult jobs in F1.

"You need to be mentally very strong to be a teammate of Max at Red Bull," Perez said.

"It is not a place that anyone on the grid could occupy, so I am happy, and I am proud of what I have achieved with the equipment at my disposal."

If the 32-year-old Perez won Sunday's Mexico Grand Prix, he would become the first Mexican to win a World Championship Grand Prix on home soil.

In the 2021 Mexico race, Verstappen won ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, while Perez finished in third place.

Both Red Bull and Mercedes have done well at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez track and in the past six races, have won three times each.

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