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F1 Malaysian GP: ‘Progress’ but Perez stops short of Force India confirmati

It's not quite an official confirmation but Sergio Perez gives the clearest indication that he will be sticking with Force India next season.
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Sergio Perez has given the clearest indication yet that he is on the cusp of confirming a renewed deal with Force India for the 2017 F1 season after weeks of protracted negotiations.

The Mexican is the highest placed driver in the current F1 standings without a firm deal for the 2017 season, but while he has been courted by Renault and reportedly Haas he is expected to put pen to paper on a new Force India contract.

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Whilst Perez has admitted he is frustrated with the persistent delays after he had hoped to confirm by Singapore, he says a step forward has been made in Malaysia.

"We did a lot of progress over my future this weekend, so I think very soon you will have an official announcement,” he said. “I know what I am doing for my future, but I'm not yet in a position to confirm it -- there will be something official. Hopefully soon."

Should Perez indeed stay it will mark an unchanged driver line-up at Force India for a fourth straight season with Nico Hulkenberg already confirmed with the team.

Any Perez announcement is expected to spark a shift in the driver market, which has stagnated as teams consider their available options for 2017. Valtteri Bottas is expected to stay with Williams to be joined by Canadian rookie Lance Stroll, while Renault is tipped to sign Esteban Ocon and retain Kevin Magnussen if it can't lure Perez.

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