Sahara Force India has finally announced that Sergio Perez has extended his contract to continue racing with the team for 2015 and beyond.

The 24-year old Mexican joined the team at the start of the current season and enjoyed immediate success with a podium finish in only his third outing. Since then, he has continued to demonstrate his speed by scoring points in eleven races so far this season and, after brief stints with both Sauber and McLaren, the contract extension provides an opportunity for him to maintain continuity in his career.

"It's good to announce my plans - and it's important for me to establish myself in a team and have some continuity," Perez, who will form an unchanged partnership with the already-confirmed Nico Hulkenberg in 2015, said.

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"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. 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 owner Dr Vijay Mallya has always maintained that he was looking at keeping the same line-up into 2015, and was delighted to be able to confirm that he had got his man.

"I am delighted that 'Checo' will continue with us, as he's a true racer who has done a fantastic job for us this season," he noted, "The whole team has been impressed with his speed and racecraft, as well as his role away from the track."

While no defined timescale for '2015 and beyond' was forthcoming, Mallya said he looked forward to moving forward with Perez.

"He has a very bright future in F1 and we will do our utmost to give him the equipment to match his talent," he concluded, "I look forward to celebrating more strong results with 'Checo' this year and in years to come, and I cannot wait for his first home grand prix in Mexico in front of his huge following of passionate fans."