Mexican hoping to announce plans "in the next week or so"
Wednesday 22 October 2014 08:12, UK
Sergio Perez is confident he will able to announce his 2015 plans within the next week as he looks to remain with Force India for a second season.
On Monday the Silverstone-based team confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg would be retained next year, but who will partner the German is yet to be announced.
Perez moved from Sauber to McLaren in 2013, but he was dropped by the Woking squad after just one season leading to a move to Force India.
After three teams in as many seasons the 24-year-old is hoping to remain with Force India and establish himself within the squad.
“I want to close out my situation,'' said Perez.
“We're now coming towards the end of the year, and I think in the next week or so it will be done with (regards to) my future. Getting the deal done is now my main priority.
“The only opportunity I had to establish myself in a team was with Sauber in 2012, and I want to do the same here.”
If he is retained, Perez will have to adjust to having a new voice in his ear in 2015 when his Race Engineer Gianpiero Lambiase moves to Red Bull.
“I've made really good progress with the team, although I'm losing my Race Engineer for next year," the Mexican explained.
“It's always a blow when you lose an engineer you have built up a relationship with, but I believe I've enough experience to work with anyone.
“I've also good information on what is going on, how this team works, which will help me be very strong for next year.''
Perez currently trails team-mate Hulkenberg by 29 points in the Drivers’ Championship, but did claim Force India’s second podium finish with third in the Bahrain Grand Prix.