Sergio Perez may be out of a drive next year in the wake of latest developments at Force India, but the Mexican is sure he will have a drive next year despite this.
Perez told Motorsport-Total, “I am fortunate to have several options for 2019. Of course, we all want for one of the top two teams Mercedes or Ferrari drive, but I do not think that there is a possibility for the next year. So you have to look at what else is the best option for the future.”
Perez has consistently been best of the rest behind the six drivers ion the Big Three teams, the 28-year-old from Guadalajara finishing seventh in 2016 and 2017 and will bide his time before he makes a final call, “I want to see which teams have a vacant cockpit they need to fill.”
“I’ll also keep a close look at what’s happening here at Force India because I think this team has the most potential of any midfield team.”
Perez instigated legal proceedings that led Force India into administration, his actions a formality which ultimately helped the team be saved by a consortium led by Lance Stroll’s billionaire father Lawrence Stroll.
The young Canadian will thus have a guaranteed drive with The Pinks in 2019, however his teammate is not yet announced.
Mercedes backed Esteban Ocon is expected to stay on with the team as the new owners seek to position the Silverstone based outfit as a Silver Arrows B-team.
Meanwhile, Perez is not panicking, “There is no reason to hurry, I know that I am in a good position but of course, the sooner it’s clear, the better.”
Perez was apparently on Renault’s shopping list until the French team managed to secure the services of Daniel Ricciardo on a two-year deal.
Beyond Force India, Checo has in the past been linked to Ferrari, where he was part of the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) but the Reds look set to keep Kimi Raikkonen for at least another season.
The most obvious option for the Perez is a seat with Haas who may show Romain Grosjean the door at the end of this season (if not sooner) and thus free up a seat at the American team.
Perez comes along with several loyal and committed Mexican corporate backers, which would be a bonus for a team such as Haas, or any of the midfield teams.
A return to Sauber could also be one of the several options he is alluding to.
Big Question: What is best for Sergio?