Force India has confirmed Sergio Perez will return for 2019 after signing a contract extension that will keep him with the team for a sixth consecutive season.
Since joining the organization in 2014, Perez has picked up five podiums, while he currently sits seventh in the drivers’ championship. The Mexican triggered Force India’s move into administration earlier this year that led to a change in ownership.
“I am very happy to finally announce my future and I’m really motivated for 2019,” Perez said. “Force India has been my home since 2014 and has allowed me to grow as a driver and show my skills on track.
“We have achieved so much success in the last five seasons but I think the best is yet to come. The new investment the team is enjoying fills me with confidence and I am really excited about the future.”
Perez has finished best of the rest behind the Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull drivers in each of the last two seasons, and Force India team principal Otmar Szafnauer says his consistency will be important for the team as it looks to rebuild.
“I’m pleased that Sergio will continue his journey with us in 2019,” Szafnauer said. “Over the last five years, Sergio has confirmed his position as one of the most talented and consistent drivers on the Formula 1 grid.
“He gives us valuable stability going forward and is a huge asset to the team. As we begin an exciting new chapter in the life of this team, we are delighted that Sergio will race with us going forward.”
While there is no official confirmation on the second seat, Lance Stroll is expected to join Perez in 2019, replacing Esteban Ocon following the takeover of Force India by a consortium led by Stroll’s father Lawrence.