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Force India confirm Perez will drive for them again in 2019

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Force India has confirmed Sergio Perez will drive for them again in the 2019 F1 season.

It will be Perez’s sixth season at the team. He has scored five podium finishes since joining them, the most recent coming at this year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

“I am very happy to announce my future and I’m really motivated for 2019,” said Perez.

“Force India has been my home since 2014 and has allowed me to grow as a driver and show my skills on track. We have achieved so much in the last five seasons but I think the best is yet to come.

“The new investment the team is enjoying fills me with confidence and I am really excited about the future.”

Perez’s contract extension has long been considered a formality. He indicated in August terms had been agreed with the team for the 2019 F1 season. This followed the team’s exit from administration under new ownership, a process which Perez was involved in initiating.

Force India team principal Otmar Szafnauer described Perez as “one of the most talented and consistent drivers on the Formula 1 grid.”

“He gives us valuable stability going forward and is a huge asset to the team. As we begin an exciting new chapter in the life of this team, we are delighted that Sergio will race with us going forward.”

Lance Stroll, son of team investor Lawrence Stroll, is expected to replace Esteban Ocon as Perez’s team mate. Williams confirmed last week new hiring George Russell will take Stroll’s place at the team next year.

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13 comments on “Force India confirm Perez will drive for them again in 2019”

  1. Kubica as his partner and Stroll as test driver?

  2. So now there are three uncontracted seats left: 1 at each of Toro Rosso, Williams, and Force India.

    1. Not really, lance has the second FI seat

      1. Maybe it is his, but it hasn’t been announced.
        I can’t see any reason to delay announcing Lance is the new driver unless he isn’t.

  3. I thought they were going to announce both drivers at the same time as Szafnauer implied on the Friday press conference in Sochi.

    1. Maybe they’ll do them a day apart so they can get the team in the news 2 days on the trot?

    2. I think they are still evaluating Stroll.
      But I’m positive he possesses some qualities they desire from a driver.

  4. Now waiting for the new team name.

    1. Is there any point to racing to the waiting grid?

  5. they picked the wrong one

  6. Keith, any idea why it too so long for this announcement to come?

  7. Ah, so in the end Lewis isn’t going to break ranks with Mercedes to head up Tommy Hilfiger F1’s line-up.

    I should have seen this coming.

    1. Yes, you should have seen this coming.

      Lawrence Stroll and Silas Chou, his long-time business partner, sold their interest in Tommy Hilfiger in 2008. The ownership has changed hands again since then.

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