Force India’s Sergio Perez said that he is very happy with his current team, but indicated his future in F1 is still uncertain as he continues to be linked with the Scuderia Ferrari. Perez also said he is not being carried away with those rumors linking him with the Italian giant Scuderia Ferrari.
The 26-years-old Mexican driver has emerged recently as the leading candidate to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari for the 2017 campaign, a status Perez emphatically endorsed in the Baku race by beating Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stage to secure his seventh career podium finish.
The Mexican is in the best form of his F1 career, having finished on the podium at both the Monaco and European Grands Prix.
That form, along with some disappointing performances from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, has fuelled rumors and speculations that Perez could be on the list of a possible replacement to Kimi Raikkonen.
In addition, the Mexican’s own contract status is also unclear. Reports said that Perez’s contract with Force India will be expired at the end of the season. However, Force India continues to claim both drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg will stay on for next year.
“I am very, very confident we will have Perez next year, but you can never say never in F1,” Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley said in a statement, via the Motorsport.com. “Things can happen, especially when you are dealing with the might of Ferrari.”
Perez also added that his relations with Ferrari had always been good. Perez was once part of this, Ferrari’s young academy driver, the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA). Perez’s 2011 F1 debut with Sauber F1 team was facilitated by Ferrari.
As for Ferrari, there is still no indication that Ferrari is looking for a new F1 driver to step in as Raikkonen’s replacement if the Finn driver decided to leave.
Currently, the Italian giant is in no rush to finalize its driver lineup and has made it clear that if Raikkonen can keep on delivering podium finishes, then there will be no reason to replace him.
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