Sergio Perez says staying with Force India is the best option for his career at this time after confirming he was approached by Renault over a potential deal for 2016.
Ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, Force India formally confirmed Perez will remain alongside Nico Hulkenberg next season in what will be the Mexican driver's third season with the Silverstone-based squad.
The announcement comes despite speculation linking Perez a move to Renault to lead its proposed return to F1 next year, even if the man himself had always maintained he was close to extending his stay at Force India.
However, while Perez acknowledges that Renault – which hasn't yet confirmed a deal to purchase Lotus - had indeed made contact with him and described the option as 'serious', he insists he was only interested in agreeing a new deal with Force India.
“You always listen to other options and offers, so if Renault come they are an attractive team,” he said. “It was obviously was a serious option, but not for me. I made my mind clear knowing the prospect of the team and knowing what is happening behind the scenes, that is why I wanted to stay and I am very happy to stay.”
Discussing the motivation to remain at Force India for next season, Perez says he thinks the team has a bright future ahead now it is more 'stable'.
“I am happy here and I believe in the team,” he continued. “I think the team has very good prospects for the future. We are improving on what we had last year, so I see no reason why we cannot do better than this year. I think the team is finding more stability in all the aspects which is definitely important for us. That made me feel very comfortable with my decision and I am happy to confirm it now.”