Perez confirms Force India deal for 2017

Force India driver Sergio Perez was widely expected to remain in situ, having reportedly missed out on a seat with Ferrari when they opted to extend Kimi Raikkonen's deal through to next year.

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Force India's Sergio Perez is eighth in the drivers' standings this season with 74 points.

Sergio Perez has confirmed that he will remain with Force India for the 2017 Formula One season.

The Mexican was widely expected to remain in situ, having reportedly missed out on a seat with Ferrari when they opted to extend Kimi Raikkonen's deal through to next year, when F1 will radically change shape with a host of regulation changes.

Perez is eighth in the drivers' standings this season with 74 points, having scored podium finishes in Monaco and Baku as Mercedes power has helped Force India in the fight to be the best of the rest behind F1's dominant trio of the Mercedes works team, Red Bull and Ferrari.

The Silverstone-based constructor are fourth in the team standings - no mean feat and rich reward for their improvements made over eight years in the sport.

Perez said in a statement: "I'm pleased to confirm that I will be racing with Sahara Force India in 2017 as the team and my supporters have concluded their agreements. I'm very happy with this team and I have a good feeling for the future. I've seen the progress we've made over last couple of years and I'm sure we have the potential to achieve even more going forward."

"The team knows me well and it's important to have stability, especially with some big rule changes planned for next year. I'm excited for the rest of this season and for the challenge that awaits all of us in 2017."