OCTOBER 27, 2016
Perez waiting for Ferrari switch says Hulkenberg
Sergio Perez turned down Renault for 2017 because he is probably holding out for Ferrari.
That is the view of the Mexican's current Force India teammate Nico Hulkenberg, who has in fact accepted Renault's offer of a works seat for next year and beyond.
"I think it's the right step for this stage of my career," said the German.
"Since I've been in F1, I always wanted to drive for a manufacturer and this is now a good opportunity," Hulkenberg, 29, told Auto Motor und Sport.
Before Hulkenberg was signed, however, Renault negotiated with Perez but the Mexican and his backers ultimately decided to stay put at Force India for another year.
"In his view, it might make more sense," Hulkenberg said.
"He might be hoping to be at Ferrari one day, but for me, the doors are closed to the current top teams at the moment."
Hulkenberg insists he is not jumping ship because of instability or financial problems at Force India, even though title sponsor Subrata Roy is in jail and Vijay Mallya is currently unable to travel.
"I don't fear for their future," the German said.
"Since I've been here, there were always headlines and rumours like that -- but the team and Vijay are still there," Hulkenberg added.