New look Force India welcomes Sergio Perez
With the acquisition of Nico Hulkenberg last week, Force India have wasted no time in finding a new partner for the German, after snapping up the highly-rated Sergio Perez.
Despite finishing the 2013 season in fine form, registering 26 points from his final four races, the McLaren driver was released from the constructors after the last race, yet it certainly didn’t take him long to find a new home.
The 23-year-old Mexican completes Sahara Force India’s 2014 line-up alongside Hulkenberg and helps create one of the most exciting pairings on the grid.
Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director welcomed his new driver to Force India and believes that Perez has the ability to push the team to a new level.
He said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Sergio to the team. He brings a healthy mix of youth and experience, and I’ve been very impressed with his recent performances. He already has several podium finishes to his name and being chosen by McLaren last year was a clear indication that he is a driver to watch for the future.
“We also recognise Sergio’s incredible talent and we are proud to have him in our team. He clearly has great speed and plenty of fire in his belly. Our job is to make sure he settles in quickly by creating the right atmosphere so that he can realise his potential. By pairing Sergio alongside Nico, we enter the new season with an extremely competitive line-up, which will go toward helping us achieve our goals for the new season.”
Sergio Perez added: “Coming here was always my first choice and I’m really happy everything has now been confirmed. I want to say thank you to Vijay and the whole team for giving me the opportunity.
“This is a young team with a lot of determination and they’ve produced competitive cars for the last few years. It’s all change for next season with the new regulations, but I already have a good feeling about 2014.”
Whilst Force India may be looking forward to an exciting new season, British driver, Paul Di Resta appears to be out in the cold as his Formula One future looks in serious doubt.
The Brit enjoyed a productive season last year, finishing just one point off his replacement, Perez, yet it seems he may now switch racing codes to IndyCar or return to German touring cars. Adrian Sutil meanwhile is hotly tipped to join Sauber in the near future.