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Perez drops huge retirement hint

19th January 2020, 16:20 by Gareth Freeman

Sergio Perez says he may walk away from Formula 1 at the end of his current deal with Racing Point.

The Mexican has been with his current team since 2014, when Racing Point were known as Force India, and the 2020 season will be his 10th as a Formula 1 driver.

Perez has managed five podiums during his time with Racing Point but failed to claim a top-three finish last season.

The new rules coming in for the 2021 season may allow the likes of Racing Point and the other midfield teams to close the gap on front-runners Ferrari and Mercedes, and Perez says if he isn't able to challenge at the front by the time his contract expires at the end of the 2022 campaign he may well call time on his Formula 1 career.

"What gave me the hope is a change of rules and that I know what's going on with the team," Perez told Autosport.

"I have to be also realistic. I cannot be with Mercedes or Ferrari. [So] this is a fantastic place to be.

"Many drivers would love to be here, especially with what is going on behind the scenes. So it's a good opportunity.

"But obviously it's going to be my 10th year in F1. If things keep going the same way I don't see me extending my career much further than 2022.

"Three years in Formula 1 go by very fast. I'm very optimistic and I'm ready to fight for wins and I'm all for it."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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