Force India stick with Perez


Force India have confirmed that they have retained Sergio Perez for the 2016 Formula 1 season.

The Mexican will once again line up alongside Nico Hulkenberg, with the German having signed a two-year deal at the beginning of the month. It will be the third successive year that the duo have turned out for Force India.

"I am very happy to confirm that I will be staying with Sahara Force India," said Perez. "It means I can simply focus on the important stuff – driving the car and scoring points for the team.

"Since coming here I've really grown as a driver and I feel I'm performing at my best. I've always said I want to establish myself in a team and it's the right moment to announce my commitment for the future with Sahara Force India.

"I can feel the potential in the team and there is a good energy, which gives me confidence for next year. I think we can continue to deliver strong results and I will do my best to help drive the team forward."

Perez, who began his F1 career with Sauber in 2011, was linked with a move to Lotus, but ended speculation about his future by committing to Force India, much to the delight of team principal Vijay Mallya.

"I'm very happy Sergio has committed his future to Sahara Force India. He's done a fantastic job for us already and when we give him a competitive car we know he can get the job done," said Mallya.

"He's also got a great attitude and never gives up – it's that fighting spirit which fits well with this team. You only have to look at his results in the last three races to see that he is performing at the top of his game.

"It's an exciting time for Sergio, especially with the upcoming race in Mexico next month, and with our close connections to the country I'm sure it will be a highlight for everybody in the team."

Perez currently finds himself in ninth place in the World Championship standings with 39 points.