Hermanos Rodriguez: The tragic tale of Mexico’s greatest Formula One drivers

CNN  — 

When Sergio Perez takes to the track at this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix, the eyes of the world won’t be on him but, should everything go to plan, a few places further forward on the grid.

Barring a disaster, Lewis Hamilton is all but guaranteed to win his fifth world championship and will rightly take the plaudits for another extraordinary season.

But all eyes in Mexico will most certainly be on Perez, even if he is only engaged in a fight for seventh place.

The Mexican driver will have to deal with the weight of expectation from a motorsport-mad nation and try to perform on a circuit steeped in racing history.

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On Sunday, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in the country’s capital plays host to its fourth consecutive Mexican GP since the country returned to the Formula One calendar in 2015 after an 11-year absence.

The circuit is named in honor of two gifted brothers, both of whom left an indelible mark on the sport and their country.