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Force India confirm Perez for 2016

23 Sep 2015

Sergio Perez is to remain with Force India for a third season next year. It means the team will field an unchanged driver line-up, with the 25-year-old Mexican again partnering Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg.

“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.”

Welcoming the news that Perez is staying, team principal Vijay Mallya commented: “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. 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, who departed McLaren for Force India at the end of 2013, lies ninth in the current driver standings on 39 points, nine points and three places above team mate Hulkenberg, with his best finish of the year to date being a fifth place in Belgium.