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Perez: 'I'm here to stay'

2014-08-22 10:28

STICKING WITH FORCE INDIA: Force India driver, Sergio Perez, says he is determined to stay with the F1 team for the 2015 season. Image: AFP

BELGIUM - Sergio Perez says he expects to stay at the Force India F1 team during the 2015 season with an extension likely to be agreed in a matter of weeks.

The former Sauber and McLaren driver told reporters ahead of the 2014 Belgian GP on Thursday (August 21): "Nothing is confirmed yet but we should be, in the next couple of weeks, sorted for next year. On my side it's a bit early to confirm anything but I expect things are going to move on very quickly."

Mexico is returning to the GP calendar in 2015 after a 23-year absence and Perez is the country's leading driver, with a third place finish in Bahrain this year. Perez, who also brings sponsorship to Force India, is currently 11th but 40 points behind his German teammate Nico Hulkenberg.

NO NEED TO REPLACE DRIVERS

Team principal Vijay Mallya said in July 2014 that he was happy with his drivers, had options on both and saw no need to replace either for 2015.

However Perez was clearly reluctant to take anything for granted after 2013's experience with McLaren where he seemed set to stay only to be abruptly dropped to clear a space for Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen.

"As you've seen in the past, anything can happen," he said. "So I don't want to confirm anything before we sign. Let's see. In 2013 everything was pretty much done and then it changed pretty quickly."

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