The fate of Sergio Perez in the season 2017 was the subject of much speculation, rumors and negotiations until, finally, the mexican driver managed to reach an agreement with Force India to stay in the team one more season. These negotiations, however, were quite complex, and Perez acknowledges that the possibility of leaving the team was quite real.
In statements to Autosport, Perez has commented that “lhe left a moment that’s really what I thought, the negotiations with Force India were not to be smooth. My goal was to stay another year, but you never know what’s going to happen in this business. Until the signatures and announce it, you can spend it all, I’ve had that experience before”.
In particular, Perez was the object of desire on the part of Renault, that it was intended that the mexican driver to lead your project to the next season. This signing of relumbrón, in addition to the sports performance, would have been endorsed by the sponsors of Perez, in particular Carlos Slim and his company Telmex, and the commercial momentum that could have been supposed for Renault in a key market like Mexico.
Finally, Renault ended up taking the services of his teammate Nico Hülkenberg. According to the mexican pilot, the French were not the only ones interested:
“there Was a lot of interest from other teams, not only Renault, if not, at least three or four teams. I want to thank them all, because as a pilot it is very special to know that other teams want to have you, but the best future for me is to continue here”.
The unsuccessful experience with McLaren in 2013 is something that Perez still has very present. After you have made your best season in Formula 1, it shows that to start a fourth season with Force India, is the most suitable, and hoped to have plenty of time to raise the sights.
“I don’t want to take again a wrong decision, so this is the safest option for me. I still have 26 years, and I have good years ahead, will have to see how it is the new generation of cars, and what happens after”.