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Formula One: Perez signs for Force India alongside Hulkenberg!

Sergio Perez, Vijay Mallya, Force India, 2013Force India today confirmed that ex-McLaren driver Sergio Perez will drive for the team alongside Nico Hulkenberg, in an all new line up for the 2014 Formula One world championship.

The Mexican is quoted to have a multi-year deal with the team, in a move which puts both of Force India‘s 2013 drivers, Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil, out of a drive for the moment.

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya said he was “very impressed with his recent performances”.

“He already has several podium finishes to his name and being chosen by McLaren last year was a clear indication that he is a driver to watch for the future,” Mallya added.

“By pairing Sergio alongside Nico, we enter the new season with an extremely competitive line-up, which will go toward helping us achieve our goals for the new season.”

Sergio Perez had been searching for a new drive after being replaced at McLaren by Kevin Magnussen. There had been rumors that the 3-time podium finisher could move to Lotus before Maldonado was announced. Force India had also been listed as a possible new team, which proved to be the case.

“Coming here was always my first choice and I’m really happy everything has now been confirmed,” said Perez.

“This is a young team with a lot of determination and they’ve produced competitive cars for the last few years. It’s all change for next season with the new regulations, but I already have a good feeling about 2014.”

Only 4 seats now remain on the 2014 F1 grid. Sauber still have a vacancy, with the possibility of Sergey Sirotkin’s current seat being vacated if the deal gets cancelled as it has been rumored. Caterham still have both seats available along with 1 seat at rival team Marussia.

Time is running out for ex-Force India drivers Sutil and Di Resta to keep a place on next year’s grid. Di Resta has been linked in the past few months to go to IndyCar, where his cousin Dario Franchitti had made a name for himself before retiring due to injury.

By Jordan Groves
Formula 1 correspondent for RTR Sports Marketing
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