Perez not ruling out Ferrari move for 2017

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Sergio Perez is refusing to rule out a move to Ferrari for the 2017 Formula 1 season, but admitted that he sees no reason to leave Force India at the end of the year.

Perez has been linked with Kimi Raikkonen’s seat at Ferrari for 2017 after an impressive start to the current campaign, scoring two podiums in the last three races for Force India.

The Mexican driver previously spent one year with McLaren before joining Force India for 2014, with whom he has rebuilt his F1 career.

“In Formula 1 you cannot rule out anything, I’ve learnt from that in the past, you never know what will happen in the future, so we’ll see how things develop for the future,” Perez told reporters in Austria ahead of this weekend’s grand prix.

“We are getting closer to take the decision about my future, then we’ll see if there’s an opportunity or not.

“[Force India] know I like the team. I’m happy here and we don’t see a reason to change.”

Perez insisted that his focus lies solely with Force India amid speculation that he could be on the move.

“In the next five weekends we have four races so we are in a part of the season which is quite crucial, so my main focus is here,” Perez said.

“I have my management worrying about these things. I’ve been in this position before in 2012 [when he joined McLaren] and the last thing I want is to distract myself. I want to come here and do my job and it’s the same for my team.”

The Austrian Grand Prix is live across CNBC, NBCSN and Live Extra this weekend.