Perez joins Force India

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Mexican Sergio Perez will partner Nico Hulkenberg for the Sahara Force India team in the 2014 F1 World Championship it has been confirmed, write Colin and James Beckett.

Released from his McLaren contract earlier this season, Perez and his management team have been in advanced talks with bosses at the Silverstone-based team this week with the deal announced yesterday.

After McLaren parted company with Perez, he showed strong form in his final two races of the season which catapulted him back into contention as a Grand Prix driver for 2014.

Paul di Resta, who has been a part of the Force India team in recent years, admits that his only realistic option to remain in F1 now sits with the Sauber team. He said: “Force India are speaking to me every two or three days.

“They may be interested, they may not. It’s looking increasingly likely that I will not be driving for them next season.”

Sauber is the only other team yet to announce their 2014 line-up with Adrian Sutil, Esteban Gutierrez and Sergey Sirotkin all thought to be in the hunt for a seat at the team alongside di Resta.

The young Scot added: “There has been nothing but a brief chat with my manager and so I don’t really know the situation at Sauber.”

If as opportunity at Sauber does not materialise, di Resta hasn’t ruled out the possibility of joining an IndyCar team in the USA or returning to the DTM series in Germany with Mercedes-Benz.