Sergio Pereze has announced he will be leaving Racing Point at the end of the season in a post on Twitter.
It comes after Perez’s teammate Lance Stroll scored his second career podium at the Italian GP. It also opens the door for Sebastian Vettel to make his anticipated move to the team which will be renamed Aston Martin next season
“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 this season,” Sergio said in a statement released on Twitter.
“It hurts a bit as I bet on the team during very rough times; we managed to overcome obstacles and I’m very proud of saving the jobs of several of my teammates.
I’ll keep the memories of the great moments lived together, the friendships and the satisfaction of always giving my all.”
There was speculation Perez would stay at the team should Vettel also be signed as he was instrumental in saving the Force India team from bankruptcy before Lawrence Stroll bought out the team which then became Racing Point.
“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.
To the current administration, led by Lawrence Stroll, I wish nothing but the best for the future, specifically with the upcoming Aston Martin project.
I don’t have plan B. My intention is to continue racing here, but that would depend on finding a project that motivates me to continue giving my 100 percent in each lap.
I want to thank each one of you who have been with me throughout these 10 years. To my family, who has always been there to support me despite anything.
To all the sponsors who believed in my project, to all my staff and mainly God, who has blessed me with the opportunity to live this incredible adventure called F1.
I hope I can give you some good news real soon, but for now, let’s enjoy together the next races.”