He said that an announcement would come before Singapore, and that hasn’t happened, but Sergio Perez said in the Drivers Press Conference today that it should come before the next Grand Prix in Malaysia.
Many see Perez as being the ‘cork in the bottle’ of the 2017 driver market, although Force India still looks like his most likely home for next season. He was confirmed as staying by team owner Vijay Mallya, and other team personnel, and has even acknowledged that the Silverstone team is the probable 2017 drive.
He said, “Well, I tried. I was hoping to be able to be in a position to announce my plans for this weekend. Obviously we got some delays. But I really hope that before the next race we can definitely announce where I’ll be racing.”
There are other options though, although Williams look like they have stumped for F3 Championship leader Lance Stroll, and Renault. Taking the large amount of Mexican money with him to another team also has to make commercial sense on both sides, and rumoured Movistar branding for next season at Renault could be a problem for Perez.
The first moves were made in Italy, with Jenson Button announcing his effective ‘sabbatical’ and Felipe Massa his retirement at the same place his former teammate Michael Schumacher did.