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Perez completes Force India’s 2014 driver line-up 12 Dec 2013

Force India's 2014 signing, Sergio Perez, with team principal and managing director, Dr Vijay Mallya Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, United States Grand Prix, Qualifying, Austin, USA, Texas, Saturday, 16 November 2013 Vijay Mallya (IND) Force India F1 Team Owner and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) shake hands. Force India F1 Sign Nico Hulkenberg for 2014, Force India Factory, Silverstone, England, 3 December 2013. Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 7 September 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Belgian Grand Prix, Preparations, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Thursday, 22 August 2013

Sergio Perez will partner Nico Hulkenberg at Force India in 2014, it was announced on Thursday, replacing the team’s 2013 line-up of Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil.

Perez joins the Silverstone-based squad from McLaren on a multi-year deal, after spending just one season alongside Jenson Button before being replaced by Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen.

The 23-year-old Mexican’s arrival, which comes just over a week after Hulkenberg’s return was confirmed, ensures Force India will start next season with an all-new driver pairing for the first time since 2005 when the team were still known as Jordan.

“It’s great to announce my new team as Sahara Force India,” said Perez. “Coming here was always my first choice and I’m really happy everything has now been confirmed. I want to say thank you to Vijay (Mallya) and the whole team for giving me the opportunity.

"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. My plan now is to visit the factory and get to know everyone in the team.”

Perez finished the 2013 championship 11th in the drivers’ standings with 49 points, one position and two points behind new team mate Hulkenberg. Both drivers will be embarking on their fourth full season of Formula One competition in 2014.

Mallya, Force India’s team principal and managing director, commented: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Sergio to the team. He brings a healthy mix of youth and experience, and I’ve been 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.

“We also recognise Sergio’s incredible talent and we are proud to have him in our team. He clearly has great speed and plenty of fire in his belly. Our job is to make sure he settles in quickly by creating the right atmosphere so that he can realise his potential. 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.”

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