The earthquake, centered just outside of Mexico City, resulted in the deaths of at least 217 people, including at least 86 in Mexico City. Many of the deaths were caused by collapsed or partly collapsed buildings, which included 44 buildings in the Mexican capital. One building had housed a school, which collapsed in the Villa Coapa neighborhood. It, like the track, is located in the southeastern part of the city.
In response to the tragedy, Mexican F1 driver Sergio Perez launched a fundraiser to help earthquake victims.
“I’m deeply concerned about what my country is living,” the 27-year-old said in an Instagram post Wednesday. “It’s time to be united.”
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Estoy consternado por lo que está viviendo mi País. Es momento de que nos unamos. He realizado una alianza con @fund_carlosslim y por cada $1 que @fundacionchecoperez reciba, ellos pondrán $5. ¿Se suman a esta causa? Para iniciar esta iniciativa, personalmente voy a donar 3 millones de pesos. Apoyemos juntos a los que más nos necesitan en este momento. ••• I'm deeply concerned for what my country is living. It's time to be united. I've made an alliance with @fund_carlosslim and for each $1 that @fundacionchecoperez receives, they will donate $5. I'd like to kick off this initiative by donating 3 million pesos. Please join us! #FuerzaMéxico #TodosSomosUno #PrayForMexico #DonateForMexico
Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez agreed with Perez’s message, noting in their statement this week, “We are united in solidarity … and our hearts go out especially to those who have lost a loved one or had their property damaged.”
“The Mexican people, in times like this, we bring ourselves together and we know how to move on,” the track’s head of marketing Rodrigo Sanchez told ESPN this week. “It’s important to show our unity, not only among ourselves but to the world.”
This will be the third year in a row that Mexico has hosted a Formula 1 race. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton won the event in 2015 and 2016, respectively.