Sergio Perez hints he could be close to landing a F1 race seat for 2014
Ousted McLaren driver linked with Sauber, Lotus and Force India
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: 22/11/13 6:09pm
Perez is leaving McLaren after just one year with the team
Sergio Perez has signalled his optimism he could stay on in F1 next season by telling Sky Sports F1: "Things are looking very promising".
The Mexican learnt earlier this month that, just one year after joining the team in a blaze of promise and potential, McLaren were dispensing with his services for 2014 in favour of Kevin Magnussen.
The former Sauber driver responded in the best possible manner at last week's United States by out-qualifying current team-mate Jenson Button - who is being retained by McLaren alongside Magnussen - before claiming his third points-scoring result in four races.
Having admitted just seven days ago that it would be "very difficult" to find a place on the grid for 2014 following his sudden ousting and that he was considering a switch to an alternative series, it appears that Perez is close to securing a F1 lifeline for next season.
"Things are looking very promising. I believe that something will happen in the next couple of days," Sergio told Sky Sports F1. "Obviously it is the last race of the season, so things have to happen very soon."
While Perez has been linked with the vacancy at Lotus, it's believed that he is more likely to join Force India, potentially alongside Nico Hulkenberg, or return to former outfit Sauber.
Who's where in 2014?
Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.
Ferrari: Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Lotus: To be confirmed.
McLaren: Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen.
Sauber: To be confirmed.
Force India: To be confirmed.
Williams: Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.
Toro Rosso: Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat.
Marussia: Jules Bianchi with second driver not yet confirmed.
Caterham: To be confirmed.