Sergio Perez Confirms 2017 Force India Drive

It’s great news for Force India, who have retained the services of the highly rated Sergio Perez for the 2017 season. The Mexican driver confirmed his decision after months of speculation linking him with a move away from the Silverstone-based squad.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JULY 03: Felipe Massa of Brazil driving the (19) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo battles for position with Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 3, 2016 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 03: Felipe Massa of Brazil driving the (19) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo battles for position with Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 3, 2016 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

In an official statement, Perez said,

“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.

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.”

– Sergio Perez

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This confirmation is great news for a team that’s already punching well above their budget and securing Perez will only boost Force India’s chances of experiencing similar success for a 2017 season that’s set to have the biggest regulation overhaul in years.