Sergio Pérez has signed a contract extension to remain at the Sahara Force India team for the 2018 Formula 1 season, the team has confirmed.
The Mexican was a player in the 2018 ‘silly season’ and was reportedly under consideration by Renault as a potential teammate to Nico Hülkenberg, who was Pérez’s former teammate at Force India for the previous three years.
With Renault confirming that it had been loaned Carlos Sainz Jr as part of a sweetheart deal for switching its customer engine supply from Scuderia Toro Rosso to McLaren, Pérez’s sole path of moving into a potentially more competitive seat was a dead-end.
“Staying with Sahara Force India was always my priority. It’s a team that has allowed me to show my talents as a driver and I feel very happy here,” Pérez said in a media release issued by the team.
“I’m proud of everything we have already achieved together and I think there is more to come. The team has done an amazing job this year to develop the car and establish our position as the fourth best team in Formula One. In the end it was an easy decision to continue our journey together.”
“Sergio has played an important role in our success story over the last few years,” added team principal Vijay Mallya.
“Since joining us in 2014, he has matured to become one of the quickest and most consistent drivers on the grid. His track record speaks for itself as the most successful Force India driver ever with four podiums.”
The Mexican, now in his fourth year with the Silverstone squad, will continue alongside Esteban Ocon next year.
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