Sergio Perez donates £125,000 to victims of Mexico Earthquake

Formula One driver Sergio Perez has donated £125,000 to the victims of the Mexico earthquake.

Buildings have been reduced to rubble in Mexico City and nearly 250 people have been killed following the country’s deadliest ’quake in more than three decades.

The 27-year-old ace is currently the only Mexican driver on the Formula One grid and the poster boy for his home race which is due to be staged in the capital next month. “I’m deeply concerned for what my country is living,” he said. “It’s time to be united.”

Perez, who announced in Singapore, where he finished fifth, that he would be continuing with the British-based Force India team for a fifth successive season next year, is deeply proud of his Mexican heritage.

Last year he severed ties with one of his personal sponsors after they issued a tweet mocking Mexicans in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump’s presidential election victory.

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