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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.”

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”