Sergio Perez will remain with the Sahara Force India team for the 2015 season and beyond after signing a new long-term contract with the team.
The Mexican joined the team at the beginning of the season having left McLaren, and took only the teams’ second ever podium finish in the Bahrain Grand Prix, and will remain as Nico Hulkenberg’s team-mate next year.
Perez was happy to finally announce his plans for next season, and remains hungry and committed to the team. He felt it was important to remain with the team and establish a long-term relationship with Force India.
“It’s good to announce my plans,” said Perez. “As soon as I joined Sahara Force India, I noticed the hunger and determination of everyone in the team, and I’m very proud to be part of that. I feel at home here and I’m fully committed. I’m enjoying my racing and we’ve already celebrated some special results together.
“It’s important for me to establish myself in a team and have some continuity. The team have given me a competitive car this year and I believe we can continue to achieve great things together in the future.”
Team Principal and Managing Director Dr Vijay Mallya was thrilled to continue the partnership with Perez, and has been impressed with how the Mexican has settled within the team. He is also looking forward to the return of the Mexican Grand Prix next season, where he feels there will be many fans supporting Perez and the team.
“I am delighted that Checo will continue with us,” said Mallya. “He’s a true racer who has done a fantastic job for us this season. The whole team has been impressed with his speed and racecraft, as well as his role away from the track. He has a very bright future in Formula One and we will do our utmost to give him the equipment to match his talent.
“I look forward to celebrating more strong results with Checo this year and in years to come, and I cannot wait for Checo’s first home Grand Prix in Mexico in front of his huge following of passionate fans.”