Sergio Perez is confident that he will remain with Force India for the 2015 season, despite rumours linking reserve driver Dani Juncadella to his seat.
Perez was dumped by McLaren the end of 2013 after just a single season with the Woking-based team, but has since rebuilt his reputation with a move to Force India, with his third place in Bahrain the team’s best result of the year so far.
But reports have emerged ahead of the Italian Grand Prix linking Juncadella, Force India’s reserve driver, to Perez’s seat for next season, after the Mexican admitted that he had held talks with a number of other teams regarding a possible drive for 2015.
However, Perez has dismissed fears over the safety of his seat, insisting that his future remains with Force India for the foreseeable future.
“All I can say is for me, we are still discussing a deal for next year,” Perez told reporters at Monza.
“Here I am in a different position [to McLaren], here it is more up to me to decide and I am just trying to sort out things with the team and trying to get a deal in place. I’m confident we will do that together.”
The Mexican, who very nearly found himself without a drive for 2014 after McLaren axed him late last year, says that he is keen to establish himself with Force India, rather than chasing the currently limited options on the grid.
“There are not really many options out there and I’m happy,” he added. “I think the team is really progressing well. I know what we’re doing for next year especially so I would like to have a second year in this team ideally.
“When you move teams so much, you really don’t establish yourself in a team so I would like to establish myself in a team and I think to do that a second year is the best thing.”
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