Pérez confirmed at Force India for 2018
17 September 2017 – Force India has confirmed that Sergio Pérez will stay with the team for a fifth consecutive season in 2018, completing an unchanged driver line-up, alongside Mercedes-backed Esteban Ocon.
Pérez, 27, raced for Sauber and McLaren before joining Force India for the 2014 campaign, and has since established himself as one of the strongest midfield racers.
He currently holds seventh position in the Drivers' standings, matching his highest-ever placing from 2016, having taken four podiums during his time at Force India.
Some doubt was cast over Pérez's future at Force India following a series of clashes with new-for-2017 team-mate Esteban Ocon, who arrived on a multi-year deal.
However, after the team made clear that it intended to keep both drivers onboard for 2018, Pérez has finally put pen to paper on a new deal.
"Staying with Sahara Force India was always my priority," said Pérez, whose contracts are signed in conjunction with his various sponsors.
"It's a team that has allowed me to show my talents as a driver and I feel very happy here.
"I'm proud of everything we have already achieved together and I think there is more to come.
"The team has done an amazing job this year to develop the car and establish our position as the fourth best team in Formula 1.
"In the end it was an easy decision to continue our journey together."
Team Principal Vijay Mallya added of the agreement: "Sergio has played an important role in our success story over the last few years.
"Since joining us, he has matured to become one of the quickest and most consistent drivers on the grid.
"His track record speaks for itself as the most successful Force India driver ever with four podiums.
"Alongside Esteban, retaining Sergio gives us stability going into next season and one of the most exciting driver pairings in Formula 1."