Sergio Perez hopes to make an announcement regarding his Formula 1 plans for 2017 by the Singapore Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.
Following Felipe Massa’s announcement on Thursday confirming that he would be retiring from F1 at the end of the season, the wheels have been set in motion for next season’s driver market.
Perez is under contract with Force India for 2017, but has an escape clause that could be used by his sponsors should they decide on a move to another team.
Perez has been linked with drives at Williams and Renault for next season. Neither team has confirmed any drivers for 2017 yet.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday at Monza, Perez confirmed that progress had been made regarding his future since Spa, drawing an announcement near.
“Yes, hoping to announce everything by Singapore hopefully,” Perez said.
“It looks like what’s happening is what I always wanted, so I’m very happy for that.
“You’ll find out very soon.”
Force India remains keen to hang on to Perez for 2017, with deputy team boss Bob Fernley recently saying that he would be very surprised if the Mexican were to leave.
However, the lure of a works drive with Renault may prove too strong to turn down. The French marque returned to F1 as a constructor at the beginning of the season.
Despite enduring a tough start to the year, the financial backing available to boost its fortunes on-track may convince Perez to make the move across.
Lewis Hamilton is a fan of
the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.
Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?
Wallace is hoping so.
tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes
about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.
The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver
has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is
one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.
Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).