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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Perez: Aston Martin deal ‘next step’ for Force India

Sergio Perez believes Force India's mooted deal with Aston Martin and Johnnie Walker has the potential to take the team to the 'next step'.
Sergio Perez feels Force India's rumoured partnership deal with Aston Martin and Johnnie Walker could provide the investment it needs to progress to a higher level of competitiveness.

As the Silverstone-based outfit closes on a maiden top five finish in the constructors' standings with two races of the 2015 season remaining, team manager Vijay Mallya recently confirmed talks are going on behind the scenes to secure an influx of investment from Aston Martin and Johnnie Walker.

Should the deal go ahead, Force India is in line to be rebranded as Aston Martin Racing for the 2016 season, with the iconic blue and gold colours of the Johnnie Walker brand expected to inspire an all-new livery.

It is a deal that has piqued Perez's interest and supplemented his confidence in the team's future, suggesting the investment it would provide could well be the spur Force India needs to build on its breakthrough 2015 result.

“Next year we will have to improve on fifth place,” he said. “We have to aim for fourth but that will be a big ask for us. The gap is very big, so still a long way to go. To do the next step, we need a better budget.

“I believe in the team. I know the plans of the team, so definitely we are in a good position and confident. The team is working very well together, so I see big potential.

“Aston Martin is a big brand and you always aim to be linked to the bigger brands and manufacturers, so if that comes it would be something very nice.”


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107SS2009

November 13, 2015 9:48 AM

Mallya with his partner Subrata Roy in prison cannot afford his F1 team any longer, he has been looking to refinance the FI team, Diageo who agreed to pay Mallya’s debt of US$135M to standard chartered in exchange for Mallya’s agreeing to release USL shares, a change of name is needed for the FI team for that to happen, so expect to see a Johnie Walker sponsored Aston Martin team in the future. Mallya is lucky he is not in the next room to Subrata Roy.



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