Sergio Perez has announced that he will part ways with Racing Point at the end of the 2020 season, potentially paving the way for outgoing Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel to join the team.
“Everything in life always has a beginning and an end, and after seven years together, my time with the team will come to an end after the season,” Perez said on Wednesday.
“It hurts a bit as I bet on the team during very rough times. We managed to overcome obstacles and I am very proud of saving the jobs of several of my team-mates.
“I’ll keep the memories of the great moments lived together, the friendships and the satisfaction of always giving my all.”
Continuing, he said he would be leaving the team without a “plan B”, and there’s a real chance that he won’t be on the Formula One grid next season.
“My intention is to continue racing here, but that would depend on finding a project that motivates me to continue giving my 100 percent on each lap,” Perez said.
“I hope I can give you some good news real soon, but for now, let’s enjoy together the next races.
“I will always be grateful for the opportunity given to me by Vijay Mallya, who believed in me in 2014 and allowed me to continue my F1 career with Force India,” he added.
“To the current administration, led by Lawrence Stroll, I wish nothing but the best in the future, especially with the upcoming Aston Martin project.”
Sebastian Vettel has been strongly linked with a move to Racing Point for 2021, and he is favourite to replace Perez at the team, which will be rebranded Aston Martin Racing next year.
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