Cape Town - Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Lando Norris and Stoffel
Vandoorne are all in contention to partner Carlos Sainz at McLaren in 2019.
That is according to Sky Sports, who believe Perez is in
talks with McLaren over a return to the team he drove for alongside Jenson
Button back in 2013.
The Mexican has been at the forefront of the Force India
takeover saga, triggering the administration process which allowed Lawrence
Stroll to eventually take the reins from Dr Vijay Mallya under the new name of
Racing Point Force India.
Perez revealed in Belgium that is own future was close to
being resolved and an announcement was close, but the widespread expectation
was for him to be extending his stay with Force India into a sixth season.
His Force India partner, Ocon, who currently has no drive
for the 2019 season, reportedly had a seat fitting at McLaren over the course
of the summer break.
However, the paddock rumours in Belgium were that the
Frenchman is too tall for the car and it won't be adapted around his 6ft 1 inch
McLaren's reserve and test driver Norris is another option
for 2019 and is said to have impressed the team during his first FP1 outing at
He will be getting another chance to impress at Monza this
upcoming weekend, replacing Vandoorne in FP1 on Friday.
Vandoorne, meanwhile, is still in the frame, despite the
fact he has been out qualified every race weekend this season and has not
scored a point since round four in Bahrain.
McLaren are currently making no comment on speculation
regarding which driver will partner Sainz next season.