Just hours after finishing in sixth place in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix, Sergio Pérez has confirmed he will remain with the Force India F1 Team for the 2017 season.
Despite the Silverstone based team reportedly holding an option on his services for next year, the Mexican was linked with moves to a number of rival teams in recent months as uncertainty over Force India’s financial situation continued.
Thanks to millions of dollars in sponsorship backing from his homeland as well as an impressive 2016 campaign to-date, Pérez was rumoured to be linked with moves to Williams or Renault after being overlooked by Ferrari as a replacement for Kimi Räikkönen.
“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,” Pérez said via a recorded video message uploaded to his social media channels following the Malaysian Grand Prix.
“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 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.”
Pérez joined Force India for the 2014 season after being dropped by McLaren after just one year with the championship-winning outfit. Now in his third season with the Vijay Mallya-owned squad, he has achieved four podium finishes and 31 other points-scoring drives in 53 starts to-date with the team.
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