Sergio Perez was on the shopping list of quite a few midfield teams for next year, but in the end the 27-year-old has decided to extend his current Force India contract for another year.
2018 will mark his fifth season with the team, during which time he has scored four podiums and restored his reputation following a disastrous season with McLaren in 2013.
The deal is believed to be for just the one year as Perez is still hoping to land a seat at a top team in 2019. He said of the announcement:
Force India team boss Vijay Mallya added:
Ahh yes, Esteban Ocon. The talented 21-year-old has proved to be more than a match for Perez at times this season, which has caused definite friction in the team, costing Force India good results on more than one occasion.
With the duo going up against each other next year as well, there’s definite potential for a few more awkward moments, especially if the team continues to become even more competitive. Time to stock up on popcorn!