Perez to race for Force India
London - Mexico's Sergio Perez has completed his move to the Force India Formula One team on Thursday.
Perez was dropped after just a year at McLaren, but the British-based Indian outfit were quick to add him to their roster.
23-year-old's switch leaves Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil, last year's
Force India drivers, facing an uncertain future in the sport.
driver Di Resta had expected to lose his seat and has expressed hope he
may join Sauber, with a drive for Mercedes-Benz in the DTM touring car
series also a possibility.
Guadalajara-born Perez completes Force
India's 2014 driver team, with Nico Hulkenberg last month confirmed as
the other racer just months after quitting Sauber.
announced in a statement: "Sahara Force India is delighted to announce
the signing of Sergio Perez as race driver for the team in 2014 and
"The 23-year-old Mexican completes Sahara Force India's
2014 line-up alongside Nico Hulkenberg and helps create one of the most
exciting pairings on the grid."
Perez picked up just 35 points
during 2013, far less than his teammate Jensen Button, with 60, who
early in the season often complained about his younger sidekick's
aggressive driving when they were directly racing each other.
Mexican had said when leaving McLaren that he would look for the best
possible package to fight for wins, suggesting perhaps he didn't feel
McLaren were capable of that.
But he believes he can thrive as
part of Force India's emerging team and he said: "Coming here was always
my first choice and I'm really happy everything has now been confirmed.
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
Team principal and managing director Vijay Mallya is determined to get the best out of his new driver.
a pleasure to welcome Sergio to the team," Mallya said. "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."
had earnt his move to McLaren, to replace the Mercedes-bound Lewis
Hamilton, by finishing three times on the podium for Sauber in 2012.
But the entire McLaren team struggled throughout 2013.
will bring significant financial support to Force India as he is
sponsored by Mexican telecommunications company Telmex, who just happen
to be owned by Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world.