Force India team boss Vijay Mallya says Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg will remain with the outfit for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship season, even though Perez says he hasn't made his final decision as yet.
Though Hulkenberg was always set to remain with the Silverstone-based squad as part of a two-year deal, Perez was being talked up for a potential move elsewhere in the wake of impressive podium results in Monaco and Azerbaijan.
However, with one potential berth ruled out by the news that Kimi Raikkonen has re-signed for Ferrari, Mallya has revealed ahead of the British Grand Prix that the Mexican driver will drive in Force India colours for a fourth consecutive season in 2017.
“We are very happy with Nico and Checo [Perez], both are signed for 2017 and really I haven't thought about it beyond that. We are much earlier than normal because we normally wait until winter to announce our driver line-up, but this time we signed both for 2017 well in advance.
“The announcement put to rest a lot of speculation that has been taking place in the last couple of weeks.”
However, Perez has suggested he hasn't made a firm call on his future as yet and though he reiterates Mallya isn't necessarily wrong in what he says, he wants to wait for the summer break before making any decision.
“I haven't made my decision on where my future will be,” he said. “I want to take some time off to reflect on things in the summer break. I don't want to waste any energy, I want to give it all to my tem because we are in a very important part of the calendar with 3 races in 4 weeks so that is the main target for me to give it all, come away in these two races with a lot of points and I will sit down with my people and see what is best for my future.”