Sahara Force India has officially confirmed Sergio Perez will remain with the team for the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season alongside Nico Hulkenberg.
Having declared earlier this month that he was close to penning a new contract with the team, the Mexican – who made his F1 debut in 2011 – has now officially confirmed he will stay for a third consecutive season with the team ahead of the 2015 Japanese Grand Prix.
Marking an unchanged driver line-up for the Force India team after it announced a renewal with Nico Hulkenberg last month, Perez heads into the 2016 season looking to build on a recent strong run of racing form.
“I am very happy to confirm that I will be staying with Sahara Force India. 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. I also want to say 'thank you' to Telmex and Telcel for their continued support, which has played an important role in my journey over the last ten years.”
With Force India currently in contention for a top five finish in the constructors' standings for the first time, team principal Vijay Mallya is delighted to have retained both Perez and Hulkenberg for 2016.
“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 is enjoying a strong run of form with Force India having scored in five of the last six races, placing him ninth in the overall standings with six races remaining.