“Oh, Checo is a legend”, said Max Verstappen in the last race of the 2021 season, when the Mexican contained Lewis Hamilton, however, that Mexican legend would not have been possible without the exploits of other drivers, who marked an era in Mexico, but who did not reach the Formula 1, including Adrián Fernández.
Adrián returns to the tracks after 10 yearsafter accepting the invitation to be part of the Legends Cup, a support race for the Mexican Grand Prix, and where he ran for the first time in 1981, alongside his uncles, in the 24 hours of Mexico, aboard a Volkswagen .
We meet this legend in the museum of the 60th anniversary of the first Grand Prix in Mexico, along with the car with which he raced in the Champ Cart, in the late 90s and early 2000s. There he was able to explain to his children some of his legacy in Mexican motorsports.
“The most nostalgic thing is being here with my children, because they did not see who Adrián Fernández is. When we got here, my daughter saw the car and started crying with emotion. They cannot size up what happened to their father.” mentioned.
Fernández will race with other riders who marked an era and who dand somehow they paved the way for Checo to get to Formula 1like Mario Domínguez and Michel Jourdain, so that the race will appeal a bit to the nostalgia of those who lived through the times. “I am the oldest and the one who hasn’t been in one of these cars for the longest time, but I think it will be an emblematic race in the sense that it is a meeting with many of the drivers that we raced in the 90s and that is very special”, Indian.
Why didn’t you get to Formula 1?
Adrián had the conditions to reach Formula 1, however, he considered that the road was not clear, since support was lacking, in addition to referents, and in that sense he lamented the death of the brothers Ricardo and Pedro Rodríguez.
“What I would give for Pedro and Ricardo to be with usthat is the saddest part, that they are not with us and we lost two of the greats. In my case, I think it would have opened the doors to Formula 1 if I had come to Europe with Pedro Rodríguez by my side.”shared.
Proud of Czech Perez
Adrián Fernández supported the development of Checo Pérez, especially when he went to Europe, for which he said that he was proud of the place where the man from Guadalajara has arrived, for which he hopes that he can climb to the top of the podium with the best car in the season.
“He is in the best team, he has the best car and Mexico gives you that extra energy, you are eager to want to succeed in front of your people and I have great hope that it will give the victory that we all expect.
“The grip with Leclerc is very good, but also I would have liked to have a teammate the size of Max Verstappen, I think he will go down in history as one of the greats, with Senna, with Michael Schumacher, with Hamilton… because he is a phenomenon, it is something very special, so I am very proud of Checo, that he is in the best team”, commented.
Adrián Fernández prepares a surprise
The legendary Mexican driver will race in the Legends Cup and will be accompanied by his family, which It will be very special especially for his children, but he also assured that he has a very nice surprise with his little son, Adriánwho not only has his name, but his entire face, hair and even dad’s suit.
“Let you see the latest model, the little boy, two years old. I have three children, one aged 15 and 14, and Adrián Junior, who is two years old and We made him a uniform that you are going to see… it is divine. Besides, he has the same hair, he’s a mini me, it is a copy, but with the eyes of the mother, thank God”, said.
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