2018 F1

Force India is nearing Perez deal

Sergio Perez is nearby to agreeing a new contract to continue with Force India for 2018 F1 season, according to the team’s chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer.

Perez successively continuing his fourth season with Force India. The Mexican driver has started talks with his team about staying for another season alongside Esteban Ocon.

The Silverstone based F1 squad currently 60 points ahead of nearest rivals Williams F1 and 83 behind third-placed Red Bull, while Perez is the highest placed driver outside of the big three teams in seventh place in the drivers’ championship.

“We haven’t quite signed Sergio yet but we’re not far off,” Szafnauer said. “I think we can get it done by Spa. The high likelihood is that we’re going to stick with our two drivers but I can’t say that 100% because not both of them are signed.”

Szafnauer hits Force India keep the same driver line-up in 2018 will help form upon Force India’s performance and its targeting of closing in on Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

“I think the drivers will get better because they’ll learn more, I think the engine will get better because Mercedes upgrade every year. There’s some things we can do in the short term which we will do and I hope that relative to the top three we’ll be closer next year.”

Perez hints new Force India deal by Belgian GP

“In terms of my future, I just hope that once I come back to the next race, after the summer break, I can have a new contract,” Perez said. “That would be good you know, but you never know what will happen.”

“I think the team has been moving forwards every year. Although last year we achieved the same position which we have now which is fourth, I think we have consolidated that fourth place.

“I think the team is moving forwards; there is a lot more interest in terms of sponsorship into the team, more investment but it’s not easy to make the next step with the big boys, with the big teams, it’s not easy.”

Belgium Grand Prix preview – Perez

“I’m feeling fresh and relaxed after the summer break and really looking forward to getting back to racing. I had a very nice break with my family, but now I can’t wait to be back on track. Perez said

“Belgium is the one of the best circuits to experience an F1 car. I love the high-speed layout, the history of the place and you get to meet some very passionate fans there. It’s just a great weekend and there is also the question mark over the weather. It nearly always rains at least one of the days.

“Pouhon is one of my favourite corners of the year. It’s so quick and satisfying when you get it just right. The 2017 cars will feel extra special through this part of the lap, as well as through Eau Rouge.

“As we begin the second part of the season, I want to improve on what we have done so far. We have been competitive, but we also lost a few chances to score more points than we did. Hopefully we will make up for those lost points in the races to come.”

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