The Force is with me, says Perez

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS -

SER­GIO PEREZ is con­fi­dent of fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of team-mate Nico Hulken­berg in be­ing re­tained by Force In­dia for next sea­son.

The team con­firmed on Mon­day that Hulken­berg would again form one half of their driver line-up for 2015, but with no word on Perez.

The 24-year-old Mex­i­can joined the Sil­ver­stone-based team for this sea­son after be­ing ditched by McLaren at the end of last term.

Although outscored by Hulken­berg, with Perez (above) 29 points be­hind the Ger­man with three grands prix re­main­ing, he’s con­fi­dent he will stay put.

“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.”

Perez is keen on sta­bil­ity as this sea­son rep­re­sents his fourth in F1, but with a third dif­fer­ent team after start­ing out at Sauber be­fore mov­ing on to McLaren.

“The only op­por­tu­nity I had to es­tab­lish my­self in a team was with Sauber in 2012, and I want to do the same here,” he added.

“I’ve made re­ally good progress with the team, although I’m los­ing my race en­gi­neer Gian­piero Lam­bi­ase.

“I’ve also good in­for­ma­tion on what is go­ing on, how this team works, which will help me be very strong for next year.”

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