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Perez eyes new Racing Point contract

2019-08-03 09:28


Sergio Perez has revealed that he is in talks about extending his stay at Racing Point.

Last year, the Mexican and his backers were instrumental in the Lawrence Stroll-owned team's transition from Force India.

And the 29-year-old says he now wants a multi-year deal.

"I've seen the team evolve over the past year," said Perez. "We were at rock bottom but the team now has great ambitions and I'd like to be part of it for a few years."

Although Perez's name has been linked with other teams, it appears that a new Racing Point deal is very likely.

"It's not signed yet. We are finalising the details.  As you know, in Formula 1 you can never be sure until the contract is signed," he said.

"It is also delayed by the need to discuss everything with my sponsors, but I think a statement about my future is only a matter of time."

On Friday after the first two practice sessions, the SportPesa Racing Point drivers had this to say:

Lance Stroll: "We did some good running this morning, but then the rain came this afternoon which limited our programme. It means we are missing quite a lot of information, but it’s the same for everybody. It was good to get a few laps on the intermediate tyres under our belts in case the rain continues into the weekend.

"I was exploring the limits in FP1, but I ran a bit wide into six and got caught out in seven. It’s hard to assess where we stand because the sessions were so disrupted. We are still fine-tuning the car and I think we can make some progress overnight to improve before qualifying."

Sergio Perez: "We did limited running today due to the wet weather. It’s hard to learn a huge amount, but we did what we could. The difficulty is predicting where the track will be tomorrow, but I think we can be competitive whether it’s wet or dry. I think if it’s wet again it will open up more opportunities for us. There’s definitely a lot of work to do tonight to go through the data and pick out the best bits.”

OTMAR SZAFNAUER, CEO & TEAM PRINCIPAL: "We made the best of the relatively dry conditions this morning to continue learning about the car. We used some aero measurement devices and also applied flow viz around the rear of the car.  When the rain came this afternoon, we fitted the intermediate tyres and did a few runs to learn what we could, but it’s far from certain what the weather will do tomorrow or Sunday.”


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