Perez: Force India announcement due by Suzuka

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Sergio Perez has said that ongoing contract negotiations with Force India are “looking good” and that an announcement is due before the Japanese Grand Prix next weekend.

Perez is poised to remain with Force India for a third season in 2016, with both the driver and the team saying in Italy two weeks ago that an announcement would be made before the Singapore Grand Prix.

The F1 paddock has since arrived in Singapore, though, and still no announcement has been made, prompting many to question what had caused the hold-up.

Speaking to NBCSN ahead of the race weekend, Perez said that although the announcement was supposed to have been made already, his contract for next season is still looking good and should be confirmed in the next week.

“It’s supposed to, yes,” Perez said when asked whether an announcement should have been made.

“It’s looking good. I said in Monza that I was going to announce things here, but hopefully now for Suzuka.”

The Mexican driver is relishing the unique challenge posed by the race in Singapore, taking place in hot and humid conditions that stretch drivers’ physical limits.

“I really enjoy this place,” Perez said. “This place is so demanding, and the way you prepare yourself physically is so different to any other track.

“I work a lot on the heat and on just getting used to heat. The race here is very demanding just to finish it physically. It’s a combination of things. Mentally it’s very demanding, and physically. I’m just looking forward to it.”