W he is going where in 2017? In 9 cases this question has still not been answered. The two Williams cockpits are just as open on paper as the two seats at Renault and Manor and one cockpit each at Sauber, HaasF1 and Toro Rosso. Not much has happened in the 2 weeks since Singapore either. Although those involved regularly claim that everything will be over in a few days.
The standstill on the transfer market allows only one conclusion. All are waiting. But what? The paddock radio reports that the Force India drivers may be thrown onto the market. Rumors connect Nico Hulkenberg with Renault. And Sergio Perez suddenly says: “I have many options on the table.” The speculation revolves around Renault, HaasF1 and Williams.
Perez wants to remain a Force India driver
Force India has not yet announced its drivers for 2017. “We don't have to either. We have contracts with Hulkenberg and Perez. Mercedes also does not announce that Hamilton will drive for them next year, ”replies sports director Otmar Szafnauer.
But something is wrong with Force India. Otherwise, Perez wouldn't always consider other options. “A decision has to be made by next week. Otherwise I have to look around for alternatives. ”The Mexican makes it clear:“ I want to remain a Force India driver because I believe in the team. ”
But what is the problem? Is there again a lack of cash in the till to pay for drivers and engines? Team owner Vijay Mallya used to be able to step in when money was tight. This is no longer possible because of his legal disputes with the Indian state. One hears from the team that everything is OK.
What is the right team at the right time?
Some statements by Perez suggest, however, that the Mexican is worried about it To leave Force India against his will. “It's always difficult to find the right place at the right time. When the rules change, you have to look not just to the next year, but to the next few years. That's why I would love to drive with the team that I know. ”So Force India. There Perez also has the luxury that the contract only lasts one year and he is then free to make the best possible decision
Nico Hulkenberg reacted surprised to the rumors about himself. “There is nothing to it,” he protestsRhinelander and pushes after: 'As far as I know, Checo and I will be driving at Force India next year.'