2015 F1

Renault was a “serious option” for 2016 says Perez


Renault was a "serious option" for 2016 says Perez

Renault was a “serious option” for 2016 says Perez

Force India has ended speculation it may lose Sergio Perez and his Mexican backing to the new Renault works team in 2016.

Reports this week suggested the 25-year-old could be set to replace the Haas-bound Romain Grosjean at Enstone.

But at Suzuka ahead of the Japanese grand prix, Force India said Perez is staying put.

“I’ve always said I want to establish myself in a team and it’s the right moment to announce my commitment for the future,” the former Sauber and McLaren driver said.

Speaking to reporters at Suzuka, Perez admitted that Renault was a “serious option” for 2016, but he is ultimately “very happy” to stay at Silverstone for a third consecutive year.

“You always listen to other options and offers, so if Renault come they are an attractive team, but at the moment I knew that the best for me is staying here,” he insisted. (GMM)

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4 Comments
  • Boycottthebull

    I find it hard to believe that Lotus/Renault found the time to make a serious offer for Perez yet completely forgot they had a better driver already on hand and didnt bother to make him an offer so he had to take take his skills elsewhere. I think this is Perez up scaling his importance and desirability like Suttil always claiming he had several optionsyet ended up without a seat. Or was Renault dispensing with its only talented driver for a second lot of cash? If Renault was that desperate for cash to put on two pay drivers then they really shouldnt be entering F1 on their own.

  • Severo Mirón

    I think Sergio wanted badly to stay at FI, and Mallya wanted him too. The problem came when Mercedes talked about putting Pascal Wehrlin in a customer car. They offered almost free engines to FI, so I think the temptation was so big that Sergio sponsors had to raise their sponsorship to keep him in.

  • Janjua

    The Renault Deal is almost done therefore he was talking to Renault through Lotus.

  • Patrick Chapman

    I was under the impression that Perez was negotiating with Lotus. Now the article reads Renault. Who exactly is saying that he was negotiating with Renault. If it was Perez then surely this is confirmation that the takeover deal between Lotus and Renault is a done deal? Or is it just a journalist making up his “facts as he goes along” Why is it that F1 journalists can never be factual, accurate or even honest in their reporting?

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