Perez: At one point I thought the deal would not happen
Sergio Perez is relieved that he knows what his future holds after three months of uncertainty due to negotiations between his backers and Force India.
Speaking to media ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, Perez explained, “It’s always good to know what you are doing in your future, and it’s good, now I can get on totally with the job.”
“There are five races left, they are really important for the team and hopefully we can keep on doing the job we are doing the whole season.”
It was clear last week, before the announcement, that the Mexican was losing patience with being in limbo and admitted, “I came to a point where I was seriously considering it’s not going to happen, it took very long, as my deals are a bit more complex than others.
“But especially because it was so long, it was probably the last three months not knowing where my future will be. It’s not the best but at the end of the day I think I coped with it well.
“I am used to dealing with that, the rumours, uncertainty of the future and I think that helped me, what I lived in my past, to try to stay focused on my job.”
Perez also shed light on what caused the delay, “It was mainly for a negotiation between my sponsors and the team. That was the main reason that I took a bit longer than expected.”
“Sponsors want to pay less and [have] more space, the usual routine, but this took a bit longer than expected. Probably for the future we will separate the deals, my deals as the drivers and then my sponsors as the sponsors.
“In the past and up to next year it’s always been linked, so I think for the future it will work a bit better if we can separate a bit.”
“I wanted the stability. Loyalty as well played an important role on this, because this team has been extremely good for me and my career.
“Going into a new generation of rules, all I wanted was to have some stability and not move around too much and obviously it was a one year option, so I want to see where we are next year and what’s available for the future.
“At the moment we are fourth in the constructors and the top three teams are locked out, so there were no other better options.
“Whatever option that I went, I was going to go sideways or backwards, so that’s why I decided my best short-term future is here.”