Perez close to new deal with Force India

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AUSTIN – Sergio Perez has confirmed he is close to signing a new extension to remain with Force India into 2015, continuing on with already-signed Nico Hulkenberg.

“It’s getting very close (to returning),” Perez said during the FIA Thursday press conference. “We are in the process of working out a deal with the team.

“For four years, I’ve been in Formula One… and I’ve moved around too many times. We hope to announce it soon.”

Perez would be seeking to continue with Force India for a second season, after two years with Sauber (2011-2012) and a single season with McLaren last year.

Perez’s signing with Force India last year was announced as a multi-year deal, but his confirmation for 2015 had yet to be signed off on this year.

This is a big weekend for Perez, with Mexico of course being so close to Austin, Texas and this the last year before Mexico joins the calendar next year.  He was asked about a track update.

“It will be super exciting to go back home,” Perez said. “Things are progressing very quick, and Mexico is excited to have us.”

Perez currently sits 11th in the World Championship, on 47 points. He scored Force India’s first podium for five years at Bahrain earlier this year, and is currently riding a streak of five consecutive points-paying finishes dating to Spa.

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NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.