Sergio Perez has denied that McLaren was ever a serious option for him for 2019.
Recently, McLaren’s Zak Brown mentioned the Mexican as being on the list of potential drivers for next year.
But then Lando Norris was signed up to be Carlos Sainz’s 2019 teammate.
“There was interest but it was on the part of McLaren, not mine. I already know where I want to be in the future,” said the current Force India driver.
“I have already signed a contract and I’m not going to change anything. I never showed interest in them (McLaren).
I am satisfied with my situation and have no reason to leave. McLaren is in the process of reform and that will take a long time.
I think that if you can’t be with Mercedes or Ferrari, it’s hard to find a better team than the one I already work for,” Perez, who drove for McLaren in 2013, said at an event in Mexico.
As of now, Sergio Perez is with the Racing Point Force India team. However, the question remains whether he will stay with Force India in 2019. So far, talks of Lance Stroll joining the Silverstone-based outfit is gaining momentum. So, the choice remains between Perez and Esteban Ocon for the remaining seat.
However, Perez is unsure of his prospects with the team in the future. Even Ocon isn’t really considered a favourite either. But now, the doors to McLaren have officially slammed shut especially since they have signed Carlos Sainz Jr and Lando Norris.
As of now, Perez and his current team are preparing for the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend. After being rebranded Racing Point Force India, the team has had to start on a clean slate from the Belgian GP onwards. Fortunately for them, they had a good run of points at Spa and Monza.