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Perez Expects F1 Contract for 2018 by Spa

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Sergio Perez wants his seat for the 2018 Formula 1 season secured after the upcoming summer break when the series heads to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The 27-year-old Mexican sits seventh in the overall standings with a best finish of fourth coming at the Spanish Grand Prix in April. The first all drivers from Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari, Perez is also nine points ahead of Force India teammate and Mercedes junior driver, Esteban Ocon.

Perez is in his fourth season with Force India, who sit a solid fourth in the constructors’ standings. Although the results are there once more for the Silverstone-based outfit, he is eager to ensure his future is safe for next season.

“I think the team has been moving forwards every year,” said Perez.

“Although last year we achieved the same position which we have now which is fourth, I think we have consolidated that four place. I think the team is moving forwards; there is a lot more interest in terms of sponsorship into the team, more investment but it’s not easy to make the next step with the big boys, with the big teams, it’s not easy.

“In terms of my future, I just hope that once I come back to the next race, after the summer break, I can have a new contract.”

When asked definitively if he was referring to a new deal with his current team, Perez left the possibility of going elsewhere open.

That would be good you know, but you never know what will happen.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.