Sergio Perez confirms he will stay at Force India for 2017
After much speculation, Sergio Perez has confirmed that he will stay at the Sahara Force India F1 team for 2017, which will be his fourth year with the team.
Force India had been saying for several months that Perez was set to stay at the team, but the team and Perez’s sponsors had yet to come to an official agreement. With many drivers heading to new seats for the 2017 season, there had been a lot of talk as to whether Perez would move on to a different team, although Perez had made clear that he wanted the benefit of continuity heading into next year given the rule changes for next season.
The 26-year-old Mexican racing driver has attracted the attention of a lot of top teams in the past months, with two podium finishes this year at Monaco and at Baku.
However, shortly after placing sixth at Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit, Perez laid any rumors to rest by announcing that he would be staying at Force India for the 2017 season.
“I’m pleased to confirm that I will be racing with Sahara Force India in 2017 as the team and my supporters have concluded their agreements,” said Perez. “I’m very happy with this team and I have a good feeling for the future. I’ve seen the progress we’ve made over last couple of years and I’m sure we have the potential to achieve even more going forward.
“The team knows me well and it’s important to have stability, especially with some big rule changes planned for next year. I’m excited for the rest of this season and for the challenge that awaits all of us in 2017. I thank all the team for believing in me and I will do my best repay their faith with points, podiums and hopefully wins.
“I also want to thank our Mexican partners, especially Telmex and Telcel, who have been supporting me since I was a young boy. They continue to play an important role in my journey through the sport.”
Perez sits in eighth place in the Formula One World Championship with five rounds left to go.