Force India confirms Sergio Perez on multi-year deal


ABU DHABI – Force India has confirmed that Sergio Perez will remain with the team for the 2015 Formula 1 season after signing a new contract that covers “2015 and beyond”.

Perez joined Force India at the beginning of the season after being dropped by McLaren at the end of last year, and went on to finish on the podium in his third race for the team in Bahrain. Although he has been outscored by teammate Nico Hulkenberg this year, he has still enjoyed a successful first year with the team.

Speaking to the media earlier this week, Perez said that he hoped that an announcement could be made soon, and today it has come, ensuring that he remains with the team for 2015.

“It’s good to announce my plans,” Perez said. “As soon as I joined Sahara Force India, I noticed the hunger and determination of everyone in the team, and I’m very proud to be part of that.

“I feel at home here and I’m fully committed. I’m enjoying my racing and we’ve already celebrated some special results together. It’s important for me to establish myself in a team and have some continuity.

“The team have given me a competitive car this year and I believe we can continue to achieve great things together in the future.”

Force India owner Dr. Vijay Mallya has long said that he intended to keep Perez for 2014, using the option detailed in his contract, and he was delighted to confirm the news today.

“I am delighted that Checo will continue with us,” Mallya said. “He’s a true racer who has done a fantastic job for us this season. The whole team has been impressed with his speed and racecraft, as well as his role away from the track.

“He has a very bright future in Formula 1 and we will do our utmost to give him the equipment to match his talent. I look forward to celebrating more strong results with Checo this year and in years to come, and I cannot wait for Checo’s first home Grand Prix in Mexico in front of his huge following of passionate fans.”

As a result, just three seats remain unaccounted for at the teams that are confirmed to be racing in F1 next season: one at Toro Rosso, and two at McLaren.