F1 2020: Sergio Perez expects Racing Point renewal soon
Mexican says 2020 contract could be agreed in a "matter of days"
Last Updated: 01/08/19 2:43pm
Sergio Perez is confident a deal to stay with Racing Point for the 2020 Formula 1 season will be agreed soon.
The Mexican has become a mainstay at the former Force India team since 2014, scoring all five of their podium finishes in that time, and sees no reason to move on at the end of this season.
"I'm happy with where things are falling," he told Sky F1's Rachel Brookes.
"I have been a very long time in the team, now with the new administration, I see a great future together and I would like to continue here.
"[If] we are able to get a deal done and get everything in place, it's definitely a great opportunity for both of us to continue.
"The team would like to keep me, I would like to stay, so I hope that it's just a matter of days or so before we can get into a [conclusion]."
Unusually, Perez has failed to score points in the last seven races - equalling the worst run of his eight-year F1 career - and missed out on a big chance at last weekend's unpredictable German GP by crashing out early in the wet.
Team-mate Lance Stroll, who is also set to stay on for 2020, finished fourth for Racing Point's best result since his father Lawrence's takeover of the outfit last August.
"Going back to the garage and looking at the race, especially at the end, and seeing how many opportunities there were, it hurt me a lot - and still hurts," admitted Perez.
"But just looking forward and hopefully the second part of the season can offer another opportunity for us to be in contention.
Stroll's result followed a significant upgrade of the team's car at Hockenheim and Perez added: "That's the target, to try and be closer to the competition around and to try and improve as much as we can from now until the end of the season."
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