Sergio Perez is leaving Racing Point at the end of this season despite the fact he signed three-year contract last year.
In a statement the Mexican said: “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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Racing Point team on their official page thanked Checo for being part of the Silverstone family for seven years: “In those seven seasons, Sergio helped the team achieve some memorable feats, including five podium finishes – most of them against the odds. Those strong results also helped the team – as Force India – achieve consecutive fourth-place finishes in the Constructors’ Championship in 2016 and 2017.
Everybody at Racing Point would like to thank Sergio for his hard work and dedication over the years, and wish him every success in the future.
Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal BWT Racing Point F1 Team: “Checo has been part of the Silverstone family for seven years and in that time has become one of the most complete drivers on the grid.
“Blisteringly quick on Saturday and Sunday, he’s established his reputation as a tenacious racer and together we have enjoyed some fantastic moments. If there was ever a sniff of a podium, Checo was ready to pounce, and those five podiums represent some of the finest days in the history of this team.
“Outside of the car, Checo is a true character and a good friend, and it’s been a pleasure working with him for such a long time.
“Although we will say goodbye at the end of the year, there are still nine races to go and plenty of opportunities for Checo to make some more special memories with this team.
After S. Perez statement there has been widespreaded that team will try to contact with Sebastien Vettel who is leaving Ferrari at the end of the year.