Perez confirms delay on 2017 F1 seat announcement

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Sergio Perez hopes to announce his plans for the 2017 Formula 1 season by the next race in Malaysia after confirming there has been a delay.

Force India’s Perez is widely perceived to hold the key to the rest of the driver market for 2017, having been linked with available seats at both Williams and Renault.

Perez had hoped to confirm his future after the summer break, before saying in Belgium that a decision was due to be announced before the Singapore Grand Prix.

Speaking in Singapore on Thursday, Perez confirmed that no decision had yet been taken, but expects to be able to make an announcement in the next two weeks.

“Well I tried, I was hoping to be in a position to announce my plans for this week,” Perez said.

“Obviously we’ve got some delays, but I really hope before the next race we can definitely announce where I’ll be racing.”

Perez does have a contract with Force India for next season, but his future will be decided by his sponsors by virtue of an escape clause.

Perez is widely expected to remain with Force India, and when asked if he could offer any hints as to his destination for 2017 said: “I always said that I’d be very happy if I can stay and everything is fine for me to stay where I am.”

The Singapore Grand Prix is live across NBCSN, CNBC and the NBC Sports app this weekend.