Sergio Perez

Renault keen to sign Perez as soon as possible

Sergio Perez

Renault are very keen to acquire the services of Sergio Perez according to a report in L’Equipe, the reputable publication claims that talks are in advanced stages between Renault and the Mexican driver to replace under-performing Jolyon Palmer.

Word is that the French team is keen to poach Perez from Force India as soon as possible, even for this season if an agreement can be negotiated with the Silverstone based team.

However it appears that Perez is not too keen to jump ship in the middle of a strong season with Force India. He lies seventh in the point s standings and has a had a good run of results so far this season, although in Monaco he was out of the points for the first time this year.

Perez is also said to be on the Ferrari radar should Kimi Raikkonen not continue with the Maranello outfit beyond 2017.

He has strong links with Ferrari, having been part of their driver academy and has been linked with the Scuderia on a number of occasions in recent years.

Should he decide to accept the Renault offer, it means he will re-unite with Nico Hulkenberg, the pair were teammates at Force India from 2014 to 2016.

Cyril Abiteboul said in an interview, after the Monaco Grand Prix, “We must have results. Nico Hulkenberg shows that the car is good for the top ten, and thus we can score points.”

“Jolyon will also have to contribute. We are extremely supportive of him. But we are in an ultra-competitive environment and everyone is put under the pressure to deliver results.”

“For now, it is up to us to give him the optimal conditions to score. We will give ourselves time to analyze the situation,” added the Renault F1 chief.

Big Question: Would it be a wise move for Sergio to ditch Force India for Renault?