Sergio Perez has sensationally ditched a sponsor mere weeks after their partnership began, following a tweet made in the wake of Donald Trump's US presidential election victory.
Sunglasses manufacturer Hawkers MX, who recently released a special edition Sergio Perez-branded pair of sunglasses, posted a message in Spanish, joking about Trump's infamous promise to build a "beautiful wall" on the US-Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it.
"Mexicans, put these glasses on so people don't see your swelling eyes when the wall is being built in the morning," the message from Hawkers Mexico translates.
Perez, however, slammed the company in response to their tweet, and instantly cut ties with them in a message posted on the social network.
What a bad comment," he replied. "Today I finish my relationship with Hawkers MX. I will never let anyone mock my country."
Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez backed his compatriot, tweeting: "very good! Mexico United" in response to Perez's message.
Hawkers MX have since apologised for their blunder and have deleted their tweets so as to "not offend anyone more" .
Hemos borrado los Tweets ofensivos para no ofender a nadie más. De nuevo, #losentimosdecorazonMéxico— HAWKERS MX (@HawkersMX) November 10, 2016
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