Sergio Perez extends F1 contract with Force India for 2019

Sergio Perez extends F1 contract with Force India for 2019
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2012, file photo, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, leads the field into the first turn for the start of the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas. At 7 years old, Austin and the Circuit of the America beat as the heart of Formula One in the U.S. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Force India has announced a one-year extension for 2019 for Mexican driver Sergio Perez ahead of the U.S. Grand Prix and next weekend’s return to Mexico City.

Perez has been with Force India since 2014, and he and his management team have been closely involved in the restructuring of the team. He is expected to partner with Williams river Lance Stroll, whose father led a consortium in helping resolve the Formula One team’s financial problems.

Perez is seventh in the 2018 championship standings, the same position he finished in 2016 and 2017. He has five podium finishes over his career with his best finish this season a third place at Azerbaijan.

The 28-year-old Perez said Thursday he is excited about new investment in the team and said “the best is yet to come.”

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