Perez keen to remain at Force India for 2016 season


Sergio Perez is keen to remain with Force India for the 2016 Formula 1 season, and expects to make an announcement about his plans before the Singapore Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

Force India announced at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that Perez had signed a new multi-year deal with the team, but is yet to confirm him for the 2016 season.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Perez’s teammate Nico Hulkenberg had signed a new two-year contract with Force India, ensuring he will remain with the team until the end of 2017.

Perez had been linked with a move away from Force India for 2016, with Renault – who is set to take over Lotus F1 Team in the coming weeks – being tipped as a possible destination.

Speaking to reporters in Monza ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, Perez revealed that he was keen to stay with Force India and expects a new deal to be announced soon.

“The news is coming quite soon,” Perez said. “I have a contract with the team, as you know I have a group of sponsors and we’re trying to make the announcement altogether.

“We are getting to the point where very soon things should be announced, my plans should be announced hopefully before the next race.

“I am not looking at options anywhere else. I have a contract with Force India, my priority is to stay here.”

Perez joined Force India for the 2014 season after an ill-fated one-year stint at McLaren as Lewis Hamilton’s replacement that saw him struggle to adapt to life with the British team.

However, the Mexican driver has since excelled at Force India, scoring the team’s second-ever podium finish in Bahrain last year. He currently ranks 11th in the 2015 drivers’ championship.

Should Force India retain Perez, it would mean that at least five of the teams on the grid will be racing with the same line-up as 2015 for 2016.