As RaceFans previously reported, the Force India driver is expected to remain at the team next season following his role in triggering the administration proceedings which brought about its change in ownership. Perez brings support from Mexican backers as part of his Force India deal and he indicated discussions with them are ongoing.
McLaren made an approached to Perez before the team confirmed Lando Norris alongside Carlos Sainz Jnr in its line-up for next year. But Perez indicated there wasn’t a serious chance he might have rejoined the team he drove for in 2013.
“We talked,” he said. “I think at the time I already knew what I was doing. They were quite interesting in my plans but there was really not much to add because I knew by then my plans, really.”
“I’m quite happy with what I have,” he added. “I believe it’s the best option for my future.”
With all six seats at the top teams taken for the 2019 F1 season, Perez believes there are few better alternatives than his current team.
“If you are not in a Mercedes or in a Ferrari seat, Force India becomes a very attractive place,” he said.
“We beat everyone the last two years. We are able to show speed. [It’s] definitely not a bad place to be. And I’m happy, I’ve grown up a lot with the team, I’m happy with my plans.”
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