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Perez to stay at Force India: Mallya

Perez to stay at Force India: Mallya
Sahara Force India boss Vijay Mallya confirmed the team will retain its current driver line-up for the 2015 Formula One season by giving Sergio Perez (in pic) an extension, something they have already done in the case of Nico Hulkenberg. Perez has expressed on numerous occasions that he is happy to do a second season at Force India after scoring the team’s second-ever podium in Bahrain earlier this season. Asked whether Force India will have the same pair of drivers next season, Mallya, speaking from Austin, said ‘absolutely’.

The Indian businessman went on to say, ‘I have said many times before during the year when I have been asked that I am very happy with the drivers line-up that we have at the moment.’ Force India had announced last month that Hulkenberg will remain with them. The German returned to the Silverstone squad after doing a season with Sauber.

The official announcement on Perez is expected anytime soon. Besides impressing the team with his driving skills, the presence of the Mexican driver has helped Force India attract many sponsors from the North American country. With Mexican Grand Prix set to return in 2015 after 23 years, having Perez as one of their drivers will help Force India expand their fan base in the region. India’s connect with F1 has diminished with no Indian driver on the grid since 2012 and no signs of return for the Indian Grand Prix.
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