Sergio Perez yet to finalize 2017 deal with Force India

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Sergio Perez says he is yet to finalize a Formula 1 deal with Force India for 2017 despite team principal Vijay Mallya claiming he will race for the team next year.

Mallya said over the British Grand Prix weekend that he had signed agreements with Perez and teammate Nico Hulkenberg for 2017, extending their partnership into a fourth season.

Perez responded to these comments over the Silverstone weekend by saying he would make a firm decision on his future over the summer break, before elaborating ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

“Well, obviously as you know, I’m a very lucky driver to have many sponsors behind me,” Perez said.

“So I’m not alone. I don’t decide my future on my own.

“I need to obviously speak to my group of sponsors to see what’s the best for our future and then we will decide.

“I think we have some time during the summer break – that’s why I say that – and then we decide what’s the best for my career.”

When asked if was under contract at Force India for 2017, Perez said: “Well, what Vijay says is correct.

“But as I say, I depend a lot on my sponsors as well to decide together what to do.”